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FAQ for Timely Warnings

  1. Why was there a delay between the incident and the Timely Warning?
    1. Timely warnings are not instantaneous with the report of an alleged crime. Enough information has to be gathered to determine whether a timely warning is required and would be of assistance to the SDSU community. Some delays occur to prevent impeding a criminal investigation. In addition, some victims may not report the crime until several days after it occurred. Timely Warning policy can be read online.
  2. What resources are available for a victim of a crime?
    1. For crimes involving gender bias, harassment and Violence Against Women Act crimes (domestic violence, dating violence or stalking): Office of Title IX/Equal Opportunity
    2. All other crimes
  3. What is SDSU doing to prevent sexual assault and other crimes?
    1. SDSU is committed to promoting university-wide prevention programs and education. Our response to sexual assaults will likely not be more lights, more UPD officers and more emergency phones. The more students we can educate on topics of consent, incapacitation, healthy relationships, the effects of alcohol use and more students can avoid circumstances leading to policy violations or legal matters. Likewise, the more employees who are trained on how to respond to reports of sexual assault-related crimes, the more enabled the university is to respond to a report, prevent a recurrence and remedy the negative effects of a sexual assaults. As SDSU students have learned and will continue to learn about prevention of sexual assault and other crimes, the number of reports has gone up. This is a result of students being more comfortable reporting crimes knowing that the University will take it seriously.
    2. Specifically, students can learn How They Can Help.
  4. Why do you even send this out?
    1. The purpose of the timely warning is to increase awareness across the university community. It is valuable to send these notifications out if even one more crime can be prevented by doing so.
    2. Additionally, timely warnings must be sent in accordance with the Clery Act.
  5. After a timely warning, can we expect an update or “all clear” message?
    1. Typically, Emergency Notifications will be followed by an “all clear” message or update to indicate the incident that resulted in the Emergency Notification is no longer a threat to the community.
    2. Timely Warnings are meant to advise the community to continue and improve upon safe behaviors and looking out for one another.
    3. In situations where a timely warning is issued for a string of burglaries, for example, an update might be sent once the alleged perpetrator has been apprehended. However, our hope is that the community is still being aware of their surroundings and reporting crimes or suspicious behavior by calling UPD at 911 from a non-campus phone.
  6. I got a timely warning. Does that mean SDSU isn’t safe?
    1. No, a timely warning does not mean SDSU isn’t safe. We do not want anyone in our community to be victimized and we do not want anyone to take safety for granted. Timely warnings are frequently a result of victims and bystanders making reports.