Timely Warnings and Critical Incidents
Atlantis University provides timely warnings (called “AU Alerts”) to the University community when a significant criminal incident occurs within Atlantis University and represents a serious or continuing threat. Decisions to disseminate a warning will be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the crime and the continuing danger to the University community. The purpose of the warning is to aid in the prevention of similar crimes by alerting the community about the incident and providing information on the actions people can take to diminish their chances of being victimized.
The type of information presented in the warning will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime and will be distributed as soon as pertinent information is available so that the warning is a preventive tool, not solely a description of the incident. If there is certain information that could compromise law enforcement efforts, it may be withheld from the timely warning notice.
Cases involving sexual assault are reported long after the incident occurred, in which case there is no ability to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community. Thus, whether to issue a Timely Warning Notice based on a reported sex offense will be determined on a case by case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by Atlantis University.
Timely Warning Notices will be issued to students and employees in a manner that is timely, that withholds the names of the victims as confidential, and in a manner that aids in the prevention of future similar crimes.
Timely Warning Notices are distributed to the Atlantis University community via blast email and are published at the University’s homepage banner indicating the date of the publication with frequent updates as necessary.
Critical Incident Response Plan
- To coordinate the School’s response to critical incidents while paying special attention to the safety and security needs of members of the Atlantis University community.
- To maintain the safety and security of faculty, staff and students as a whole in the event of a critical incident.
- To provide counseling, guidance, and appropriate support services to the families, friends, students, and campus community members in the event of a critical incident.
DEFINITION OF A CRITICAL INCIDENT
A critical incident is a situation that involves Atlantis University student(s) and/or employee(s) that creates a major disruption of normal operations and calls for a response beyond normal school operational procedures. Examples may be situations such as natural/structural disasters, violent behavior or life threatening injury or illness.