Why does UF Alert send an “All Clear” when the situation appears unresolved?

Published: May 28th, 2014

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  • One of the primary purposes of the UF Alert system is sending out emergency notifications whenever there is an immediate threat to the lives and/or safety of students, faculty, and staff in or around the University of Florida Lake Nona Research and Academic Center (RAC). Criminal incidents may necessitate the issuance of a UF Alert when assailants are actively fleeing the incident area, creating an immediate threat to the students, faculty, and staff. However, some assailants are not immediately apprehended after the UF Alert has been issued but the immediate danger of RAC is no longer deemed a threat and has been cleared by police. In accordance with the Clery Act, the University of Florida ( as well as all higher education institutions) “must provide adequate follow-up information to the community as needed”.
  • To ensure compliance, the “adequate follow-up” of a crime (that necessitated the issuance of a UF Alert) may be that the initial incident area is “all clear”, yet the assailants are not apprehended. The only actions to take would then be to call the police with any information related to the incident. Numerous days, weeks, or months may pass before the assailants are arrested. Due the passage of time, sending out a UF Alert with an outcome update (via text or email) could create confusion and is not deemed necessary for public information nor Clery Act compliance.

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