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PSU Alerts & Timely Warnings

When the Campus Public Safety Office learns of crimes covered by the Clery Act, it will consider whether to issue a campus-wide “timely warning” about the threat. A “timely warning” may be issued if, in the judgment of the Director of the Campus Public Safety Office or the University Vice President of Finance and Administration, a crime or potential crime constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Whether to issue a timely warning (and the content of the warning) is decided on a case-by-case basis, considering all the facts, including the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, the promotion of safety, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Timely warnings may be issued in a variety of methods, depending on the circumstances of the crime. These can include:

  • Campus Wide E-Mail – Disseminated by University News and Communication at the direction of the Chief of Campus Public Safety and the Vice President of Finance and Administration.
  • PSU Campus Announcement System – via myPSU Portal under the “Daily Messages” channel.
  • Printed Notice – when appropriate may be posted at campus locations affected by the emergency.
  • Website Posting – public safety issues of on-going concern to the campus community are posted on the Campus Public Safety Office web site, under Timely Warnings.
  • Local Media – may also be provided information when the risk of harm in a particular incident can reasonably be expected to extend to off-campus areas.

If any other significant emergency or dangerous situation occurs on campus that, in the judgment of the Director of the Campus Public Safety Office or the University Vice President of Finance and Administration, creates an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, or otherwise warrants a notification, an “emergency notification” will be issued. For example, emergency notifications may include notices of a fire, gas leak, or an outbreak of a communicable disease, as well as a notice of a Clery-reportable crime. An emergency notification will be sent to the areas of campus subject to the threat. This may include part or all of the campus, or may be rolling as the threat changes. Emergency notifications will be broadcast via the PSU-Alert system.  PSU may also use the other means of notification described above to effectively notify the campus community. Further information about emergency notifications is included in the 'Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures' section of the Campus Security Report.

PSU encourages all students, faculty and staff to sign up for the PSU-Alert system by logging into


Jan 13

Threats of Violence Against PSU Community

 Feb 19

Crime Alert: Robbery/Vehicle Break-ins

2015 Jan 5 Person of Interest Feb 12
Assault on Campus
Apr 3
Sex Offender Arrested
Jul 29
CarJacking/Kidnapping on Campus
2014 Jan 19-26
Vehicle Break-in
May 21
Armed Subject
Jun 1 Sexual Assault Jun 25
Jul 31
Wanted Subject
Aug 1
Wanted Sex Offender Notification
2013 Feb 4
Magazine Fraud
Feb 25
Forcible Fondling
Mar 25
Safety Alert for Broadway Housing
Apr 21
Broadway Housing Safety Alert
Apr 27
Female grabbed in NH
Jun 7
Suspect Arrested
2013 (cont) Jun 8
Assault in Neuberger Hall
Jul 2
Physical Harassment
Oct 2
Identity Theft Safety Alert
Nov 18
Check Fraud
Dec 5
Dec 11
Attempted Robbery: Assault
2012 Jan 12
Assault near Shattuck Hall
Apr 25
Threats of violence against the PSU Community
May 5
Sexual assault at University Place Hotel
May 10
Suspicious package at Market Center Building
May 21
Suspicious package
Jun 11
Male with gun near Parking Structure 3
2012 (cont) Jul 20
Subject Excluded from Campus
Nov 14
Gas Leak on 4th and Lincoln
Nov 26
Sexual Assault
Dec 24
Safety Alert
2011 Dec 20
Sexual assault in ASRC
Dec 7
Incident in Parking Structure