Department of Public Safety

Timely Warning Policy

The safety of our community is the highest priority at Truman State University. Timely warnings therefore, will be issued in response to reported crimes committed either on campus or, in some cases, off campus if, in the judgment of TSUPD, the situation constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to students, staff and faculty of the University.

Anyone with information believed to warrant a timely warning should promptly report the circumstances to TSUPD by phone at (660) 785-4176 between 7:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. After 10 p.m. you may contact an officer at (660) 665-5621.

TSUPD will consult, as appropriate and necessary, with other university officials regarding whether a timely warning should be issued. The decision to issue a timely warning shall be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the available facts, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger or risk to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Timely warnings are considered for the following classifications of reported crimes:

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Sex Offenses
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Arson

Timely warnings may also be issued for other reported crimes as deemed appropriate under the circumstances. The decision will be made in compliance with the Clery Act and to provide members of the community with the necessary information to make decisions regarding their own safety and the security of their property.


When a determination is made that a timely warning should be issued, TSUPD will take one or more appropriate steps to ensure timely notification of the campus community.

Options for notification can include, but are not necessarily limited to:

    • Campus-wide emails
    • Physical postings on doors and bulletin boards,
    • Postings on the University website at

The warnings will include some or all of the following information:

    • Date, time and location of the reported crime,
    • Summary of the incident,
    • Description of the suspect and/or vehicle, if available,
    • Any other special instructions or incident specific safety and/or crime preveiton tips.