Timely Warning Policy

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings usually are addressed for the following classifications: arson, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal homicide, motor vehicle theft, robbery and sex offenses. Timely warnings also may be issued for other crimes as deemed necessary. Upon receipt of all relevant information, such warnings will, as circumstances warrant, be issued in a manner to best protect the campus community.

Emergency Notification

TU will notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. Warnings will only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency. The Department of Campus Security and other university officials will gather and analyze reported facts, when appropriate, to verify that a legitimate emergency or dangerous situation exists.


When a determination has been made that a timely warning of emergency notification is appropriate, Campus Security will take action to ensure timely notification of the campus community including immediately contacting the Office of University Relations to arrange for media distribution. Options for notifying students, faculty and staff include TU’s emergency notification system.

Such warning(s) may include, but are not limited to the following: type of crime, date, time and location of the crime as well as available suspect information.

The University of Tulsa has an emergency notification system that allows communication with students, faculty and staff in a matter of minutes by telephone, e-mail and text messaging. Campus Security believes continuous and rapid notification is one of the best methods of protection for members of the campus community. Situations can change rapidly and in unexpected ways. The ability to communicate up-to-date information is very important and helps prevent panic fueled by rumors and misinformation.

The success of TU’s emergency notification system depends upon accurate and current contact information supplied and updated by students, faculty and staff. Any contact information provided for the purpose of the emergency notification system is securely stored and used only in emergency situations.

To sign up or update general emergency phone information, please visit: www.forms.utulsa.edu/emergencyphone