Campus Alert Policy


The Clery Act, enacted by the Congress and signed into law by the President in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires all institutions of higher education “to make timely warning reports to the campus community on certain crimes that represent a continuing threat to students and employees and that were reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus police or local police.” These reports, according to the legislation, will be "disseminated in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences."

To meet the provisions of this portion of the legislation and to fulfill our duty to monitor and to reduce campus crime and the fear of crime, the Office of Campus Safety maintains a campus alert system. Campus alerts are used when crimes reported to the Office of Campus Safety represent an imminent or continuing threat to students and employees.

The Director of Campus Safety consults with members of the campus alert team, as deemed necessary, to determine if a report represents such a threat. Members of the campus alert team include, but are not limited to, the Director of Campus Safety, either the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students, either the Executive Assistant to the President or the Special Assistant to the President for Community Relations, and the Director of Communications (four persons). When warranted, the campus alert is written by the Director of Communications or her designee and a draft is approved by the campus alert team.

The alert typically contains the following information about the event: date, time, location, criminal activity. Descriptions of suspects involved in alleged criminal activity are used only when the witness or victim is certain about the information and there are multiple and specific descriptions provided that can aid in identification. The alert is signed by the Director of Campus Safety and posted on building bulletin boards and emailed to the Rhodes College community within one business day of the occurrence of the crime or the determination that a crime trend poses a threat.

In effect April 29, 2005. 
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.