Issuing Timely Warnings

YSU will issue a Timely Warning to the campus community in the event of crimes (i.e. murder and non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson) and other situations that, in the judgment of the Chief of the YSU Police Department (YSUPD) or his/her designee, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students or employees. In determining if a Timely Warning should be issued, the Police Chief will consider the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

Timely Warnings will be distributed by one or all of the following methods:

  • Posted as a Campus Crime Alert on the YSUPD website and/or YSUPD Twitter account.
  • Sent via e-mail and/or text message to subscribers of Penguin Alert. (To subscribe, visit )
  • Posted on the Campus Announcements channel of the MyYSU portal.
  • Posted on Crime Prevention Bulletin Boards in buildings across campus.

The Timely warnings will provide the following information if possible:

  • The date the alert was issued.
  • A succinct statement of the incident.
  • Physical description of the suspects.
  • Other relevant and important information.

Timely Warnings will be issued for circumstances that occur on campus, on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and in or on non-campus buildings or property that YSU owns or controls.

Anyone with information warranting a Timely Warning should report the circumstances to the YSUPD at 330-941-3527.