Why is a final message sent when the situation appears unresolved?
- One of the primary purposes of the UF Alert system is sending out emergency notifications when there is an immediate threat to the lives and/or safety of students, faculty, and staff in or around the University of Florida campus. 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 campus is no longer deemed a threat and has been clear 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 to 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.
- Anyone however that wants see all crimes (including ones that necessitated a UF Alert) and their current disposition can access them via the internet on the University Police Department’s Crime Log located at UPD Media and Public information page.
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