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The University of Minnesota issues timely warnings to the campus community for crimes that occur on University property or in areas adjacent to campus. Timely Warnings are an important requirement of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (informally known as the "Clery Act"). The purpose of a Timely Warning is to inform the University community of a threat or ongoing risk and enable community members to take action to protect themselves and be safe.
Crimes that may trigger a Timely Warning include criminal homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, or any other crime that the University feels pose an ongoing threat to the University community.
Timely Warnings are distributed via email to all University of Minnesota Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff. Individuals who are not part of the University may also subscribe to receive Timely Warnings and other public safety information.
The University will use suspect descriptions only when there is sufficient detail that would reasonably help identify specific individual suspects or groups of suspects (e.g., some combination of gender, race, clothing, height, body type, build, accent, tattoos, hair color, facial hair). The U of M's chief of police and University Services leadership will decide whether to include descriptions in Timely Warnings on a case-by-case basis. The time, place and nature of the crime that occurred will continue to be included in each Timely Warning.