About Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

About Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings:


There are two types of notifications required under the Clery Act.  They are Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings. (Rowan also uses the Rowan Advisory which covers non-emergent notifications.)


Emergency Notifications:

  • Broader Focus-any significant emergency or dangerous situation
  • For anywhere on campus
  • Issued to entire campus or segment(s) depending on incident
  • Alert immediately issued upon confirmation

Timely Warnings:

  • Narrower Focus-Clery Act crimes
  • For Clery Act geographic area
  • Issued to reach entire campus community
  • Warning issued as soon as pertinent information is available




Emergency Notification: University immediately notifies the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. An “immediate” threat as used here includes an imminent or impending threat. “Immediate” threat as used here includes an imminent or impending threat, such as an approaching brush fire, or a fire currently raging in one of our buildings. These are issued through the Department of Public Safety. Some examples of significant emergencies or dangerous situations are:


  • outbreak of meningitis, norovirus or other serious illness;
  • approaching hurricane or other extreme weather conditions;
  • earthquake;
  • gas leak;
  • terrorist incident;
  • armed intruder; active shooter
  • bomb threat;
  • civil unrest or rioting;
  • explosion; and
  • nearby chemical or hazardous waste spill

Examples of situations that would not necessitate an Emergency Notification under the Clery Act:

  • Power outages, Snow closures, String of thefts (Issued as a “Rowan Advisory”)

 If an Emergency Notification is issued there is no requirement to also issue a Timely Warning for the same circumstance.



Timely Warning:  For “Clery Act” reportable crimes on Rowan University’s “Clery Act” geography reported to Public Safety that are considered by the University, in the judgement of the Senior Director of Public Safety or other authorized command staff member, that “represents a serious or continuing threat or danger to the students and employees” of the University.  A Timely Warning is issued on a case by case basis and as soon as the pertinent information is available. Some examples are:



  • Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter;
  • Sex offenses (rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape);
  • Robbery;
  • Aggravated assault;
  • Burglary;
  • Motor vehicle theft; and
  • major incidents of Arson,
  • or incidents if the crime represents a serious or continuing threat to the University.


Additionally, any hate crimes involving bodily injury or any of the previously listed crimes, that represent a continuing threat to the university community require a Timely Warning. Any other crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to the community may also have a Timely Warning issued for them and they will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by the University and Department of Public Safety. Rowan is not required to provide a Timely Warning for non-Clery Act crimes or for crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor.