Blackburn College, in order to maintain a safe campus environment, has an emergency notification system.

Students are asked at the beginning of each year to update their contact information. It is important that students provide their cell phone number they will use while at college. Blackburn uses an opt out system when enrolling students, faculty, and staff in the emergency notification system. This means everyone is enrolled when they begin their education or employment at Blackburn College. At that time, they will be signed up for the emergency notification system. Students, faculty, and staff will be notified through text messaging, phone messaging, and/or email of any serious emergency situations on campus. At the beginning of the fall semester, an announcement will be made of a test of the emergency notification system. If a student, faculty, or staff member does not receive the emergency alert and would like to receive them, they should contact Ms. Debbie O’Brien in Student Life Office in the Demuzio Campus Center, or notify someone in the Campus Security office.

It is Blackburn College policy to issue emergency notification alerts in an effort to notify students and faculty members about certain crimes in and around our community in a timely manner. For the purposes of this policy, “timely manner” means that, upon confirmation by college administrators, the campus community will be immediately notified of any significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff. Warnings may only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency. Blackburn College complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act as mandated by the Department of Education.

The Blackburn emergency notification system will only be used in significant emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat. These dangerous situations may include weather related warnings. Frequent, non-emergency use of this system might compromise its effectiveness in a serious emergency situation. The emergency notification system will be used to provide instructions and information to all or an affected segment of the campus population who are enrolled into the system before, during, and after a situation where student health and safety may be compromised due to a natural disaster, criminal activity, and/or public health threat.

Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Campus Safety Director or his/her designee, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to the Campus Community or to those in the immediate area, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The Campus Safety Director or his/her designee will consider whether a timely warning is issued on a case-by-case basis in light of the circumstances and facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as:

The nature of the crime

  • Crimes falling under the categories of “Clery Act Crimes” which represent a serious or continuing threat to the Campus Community.
  • Other crimes involving serious bodily injury or the threat of bodily injury.

The continuing danger to the campus community

  • Suspects have not been identified or apprehended.
  • There is a pattern of crimes against persons or property and a timely warning will help members of the campus community protect themselves and/or their property.

Any circumstance in which a timely warning will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences

  • Should the Campus Safety Director or his/her designee decide to issue a timely warning, the warning will include information that will promote safety and aid in the prevention of similar crimes. The timely warning will also include known information about the crime that triggers the warning, which may include the date and time the crime occurred, the location, and the type of crime which occurred.
  • The Campus Safety Director or his/her designee, in determining the content of a timely warning notice, will consider whether information may compromise law enforcement efforts, for example, by disclosing law enforcement tactics or policies.
  • Under current Blackburn College policy, the Campus Safety Director or his/her designee may use the following to issue a timely warning:
    – The Blackburn College email system to students, faculty, and staff.
    – The Blackburn College student and employee text messaging/phone call system.