Timely Warnings


 

Nyack College is obligated to issue timely warnings of Clery Act crimes occurring within relevant geography that represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees (subject to exceptions when potentially compromising law enforcement efforts).

Authorization

The use of the NyackAlert System is authorized when an impending or occurring hazard on or off campus may impact the safety and security of the Nyack College community and timely notification is necessary for the community to take protective action.  In the event that a situation arises, that, in the judgment of the Plan Executive and Director (Executive Vice President and Treasurer), the Campus Safety Coordinator (Director of Facilities), the Dean of Students, or the Operations Plan Coordinator (Director of Auxiliary Services), constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued.  The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff.  Depending on the particular circumstances of the crimes, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, one of the individuals listed above may also use the

  • NyackAlert Emergency Notification System,
  • Post a notice on the campus-wide Safety and Security Web Page at www.nyack.edu/safetyandsecurity, providing the college with more immediate notification, or
  • Transmit on the digital signage displays at the appropriate campus. In such instances, a copy of the notice would be posted in

In order to comply with the recent guidance concerning “Timely Warnings” required under the Clery Act, the NyackAlert system will also be used to inform the Nyack College community of serious crimes involving a threat to life (such as robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, etc.) that have occurred on campus, in “contiguous areas” as defined by the Clery Act, or in other areas frequented by Nyack College affiliated persons within a one-half mile distance of the campus (or farther distance on a case-by-case basis).  In these cases the notification process begins when a crime is reported directly to Nyack College Campus Safety or Nyack College Campus Safety is informed of the crime by a law enforcement agency.  A copy of NyackAlert messages sent in compliance with the “Timely Warnings” requirement is maintained in the Nyack College Campus Safety files.

Nyack College will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Delivery Methods

Delivery methods are the modes of communication through which the NyackAlert System broadcasts messages to the notification groups.  The currently activated delivery methods include text messaging and email.  The delivery method(s) used will vary depending on the nature of the hazard and the purpose of the messaging.

  • Imminent or continuing life safety hazard to the Nyack College campus (such as a severe storm, active shooter or hostile intruder, HAZMAT release, suspicious device, etc.).  -  All methods
  • Serious crimes involving a threat to life (such as robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, etc.) that have occurred on campus or in areas contiguous to the campus as defined by the Clery Act. - All methods
  • Crimes involving a threat to life (such as robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, kidnapping, etc.) involving Nyack College affiliated persons that have occurred off campus in areas beyond the “contiguous areas” but frequented by Nyack College personnel (within one-half mile of the campus or farther distances on a case-by-case basis). – All methods
  • Crimes involving a threat to life (such as robberies, sexual assaults, aggravated assaults, kidnapping, etc.) that did not directly involve Nyack College affiliated persons, but could reasonably pose a threat to Nyack College personnel that have occurred off campus in areas beyond the “contiguous areas” but frequented by Nyack College personnel (within one-half mile of the campus or further distances on a case-by-case basis). – All methods
  • Other crimes for which notification is required by the Clery Act (such as a continuing series of property crimes like burglaries, car thefts, etc.) that occur on campus or in the “contiguous areas.” – Email