Timely Warnings

Timely Warnings


In an effort to provide timely notice to the campus community in the event of a Clery Act crime that may pose a serious or ongoing threat to members of the community, the University Police issues "ECSU Alert."

The University Police will generally issue ECSU Alerts for the following crimes: arson; aggravated assault; criminal homicide; robbery; burglary; sex assaults; and hate crimes. University Police will post these warnings through a variety of ways, including but not limited to posters, e-mails, and media. The University also has the ability to send text message alerts to those who register their cell phone numbers into Banner. The text messaging can be a very effective way to send important information to the campus community. All campus members should register their mobile phone number using their personal log-in information on the Elizabeth City State University Banner webpage at here.

To register for mobile phone emergency notifications, enter your User ID and PIN into the banner webpage. Click on the "Personal Information" tab and then click on the "Update Addresses and Phones" link. Under the "Phones" heading, click on the "Primary" link to register your mobile phone number. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and enter your information under the "Phone Type" heading. By registering your mobile phone number, you will receive an "ECSU ALERT" text message when you need to be notified of a campus emergency or serious incident. Community members are encouraged to check the ECSU homepage and ECSU Alert page for updates regarding serious events that affect campus.

The purpose of these ECSU Alerts is to notify the campus community of the incident and to provide information that may enable community members to protect themselves from similar incidents. The University will issue ECSU Alerts whenever the following criteria are met: 1) a crime is committed; 2) the perpetrator has not been apprehended; and 3) there is a substantial risk to the physical safety of other members of the campus community because of this crime. Such crimes include, but are not limited to: 1) Clery Act crimes that are reported to any campus security authority or the local police; or 2) the University determines that the incident represents an on-going threat to the campus community.

Additionally, the University Police may, in some circumstances, issue ECSU Alerts when there is a pattern of crimes against persons or property. At ECSU, the Chief of University Police will generally make the determination, in consultation with other University offices, if an ECSU Alert is required. However, in emergency situations, any police supervisor may authorize an ECSU Alert. For incidents involving off-campus crimes, the University may issue an ECSU Alert if the crime occurred in a location used and frequented by the University population.

The ECSU Timely Warning Policy can be found here.