New York University is committed to providing a secure environment for the campus community. As part of that effort, the University offers a variety of communications on safety issues, including the Daily Crime Log of incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety, timely warning notifications via NYU Safety Alerts, and NYU Alert emergency notifications, collectively keeping the campus community informed via phone, text messaging, email, and other channels of communication.

Timely Warning Policy

New York University issues timely Safety Alerts when incidents reported to the Department of Public Safety or other Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) represent continuing threats to the campus community. The goal of sending a timely Safety Alert is to give members of the campus community information that will allow them to adjust their behavior to protect their personal safety.

Decisions regarding whether to issue a timely Safety Alert are made on a case-by-case basis by the Vice President of Global Campus Safety, or their designee, taking into account the nature and location of the crime and whether there is a continuing threat to the campus community. The Vice President for Global Campus Safety will consult with members of the University Leadership Team, regarding the Safety Alert, unless time does not allow.

When enough details about the incident are known to provide useful information to the campus community, the Vice President of Global Campus Safety, or their designee, will send a timely Safety Alert via the University’s email system. The NYU Safety Alert email is different from NYU Alert, which is used only in the event of a significant campus emergency and employs multiple forms of instant communication, such as phone calls and text messages.

NYU Safety Alert will typically include the date, time, and a description of the incident, as well as other information that may aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Safety Alerts will not identify victims or witnesses.  The Department of Public Safety will not distribute a Safety Alert if the threat to the NYU community has been reduced (for example, the suspect was arrested), or, if dissemination will compromise law enforcement efforts.

In addition to issuing NYU Safety Alerts for Clery Crimes occurring on NYU’s Clery Geography, as required by the Clery Act, the University may also issue a Safety Alert when non–Clery Act crimes occur and/or when crimes occur outside of Clery Act geography, if the incidents pose an identified threat to the campus community.

If you have any questions relating to NYU Safety Alerts, please email public.safety@nyu.edu or call (212) 992-6970.