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Crime Alerts

Hawk Alerts vs. Crime Alerts

Many people confuse Hawk Alerts and Crime Alerts. Here are the differences:

Hawk Alerts - Emergency Notifications Crime Alerts - Timely Warnings
Scope: Wide focus on any significant emergency or dangerous situation (may include Clery Act crimes). Scope: Narrow focus on Clery Act crimes
Why: Hawk Alerts (Emergency Notification) are triggered by an event that is currently occurring on or imminently threatening the campus. The Department of Public Safety initiates Hawk Alerts for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students and employees. Why: Crime Alerts (Timely Warnings) are triggered by crimes that have already occurred but represent an ongoing threat. The Department issues a crime alert for any Clery Act crime committed on the University of Iowa's Clery geography that is reported to campus security authorities or a local law enforcement agency, that is considered to by the institution to represent a continuing threats to students and employees.
Where: Applies to situations that occur on the University of Iowa campus. Where: Applies to crimes that occur on the University of Iowa's Clery geography.
When: Initiated immediately upon confirmation that a dangerous situation or emergency exists or threatens. When: Issued as soon as pertinent information is available.
How: By phone, text, email, website and digital signage on campus. How: By sending a mass email to all students and employees.

 

Crime Alert Policy

When  the  Director  of  Public Safety  or his  designee  receives a report of a crime, it is reviewed to determine if there is a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. In the event a crime is reported, that in the judgment of the Director of Public Safety or his  designee  constitutes a  serious  or  continuing  threat  to  the campus community, but does not rise to the level of a campus emergency, a campus wide crime alert will be issued in
the form of a “crime alert” email.

Crime Alerts are typically issued for the following Uniform Crime Reporting  Program  (UCR)/National  Incident   Based   Reporting  System (NIBRS) crime classifications:

  • Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter
  • Aggravated Assault (cases involving assaults among known parties, such as two roommates fighting which results in an aggravated injury, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if the individual is believed to be an ongoing threat to the larger University community).
  • Robbery  involving  force  or  violence  (cases  including  pick pocketing and purse snatching will typically not result in the issuance of a Timely Warning Notice, but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis).
  • Rape and Fondling are considered on a case-by-case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the Director of Public Safety. In cases involving sexual assault,  they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community. All cases of sexual assault, including stranger and non-stranger/acquaintance cases, will be assessed for potential issuance of a Crime Alert notice.
  • Major incidents of Arson
  • Other Clery Act crimes as determined necessary by Director of Public Safety, or his or her designee in his or her absence.

The Director of Public Safety or his designee will develop the crime alert and issue it to the community by mass email. The mass email will be sent to all University of Iowa community members at their uiowa.edu email address with the pertinent facts and details of the crime known to  the UI Department of Public Safety and, if relevant, any suspect information and suggestions for protective measures a person could take.

The Clery Act requires the names of victims be withheld as confidential from the crime alert. The decision to issue a crime alert will be decided on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as  the  amount  of information known by the UI  Department of Public Safety, the nature of the crime, the possible  risk  of  compromising  law enforcement efforts, and whether there is a continuing danger to
campus community.

Crime Alerts for the 2016-17 Academic Year

# Date Type Campus Area Campus Residential UI Hospital Off Campus Other Campus
17-05 3/7/2017 Sexual Assault X X      
17-04 2/21/2017 Sexual Assault X X      
17-03 2/1/2017 Robbery X        
17-02 1/23/2017 Sexual Assault X X      
17-01 1/22/2017 Sexual Assault X X      
16-17 12/5/2016 Sexual Assault X X      
16-16 11/30/2016 Aggravated Assault X        
16-15 11/14/2016 Burglary X X      
16-14 11/10/2016 Burglary X X      
16-13 11/9/2016 Vandalism - Hate Crime X X      
16-12 10/30/2016 Sexual Assault X X      
16-11 10/15/2016 Sexual Assault X        
16-10 10/2/2016 Sexual Assault X X      
16-09 9/28/2016 Sexual Assault       X  
16-08 5/4/2016 Aggravated Assault - Hate Crime X        
16-07 4/22/2016 Sexual Assault X   X    
16-06 4/1/2016 Sexual Assault X X      
16-05 3/21/2016 Sexual Assault (2) X X      
16-04 2/16/2016 Burglary\Trespass X X      
16-03 2/16/2016 Sexual Assault (2) X X      
16-02 2/01/2016 Sexual Assault X X      
16-01 1/29/2016 Sexual Assault X X