Expand reasons for notices

Callie Burgan

It seems obvious that more could be done for campus safety in light of recent events.

Campus police should have emailed a notice about the sexual assault on campus Jan. 26.

We realize that an alert is only sent out when the person who committed a crime is an imminent threat to students and faculty.

Despite this, a notice that police were on the case and that they and campus officials believed there was no basis for alarm would have helped calm our community.

We feel that when a sexual assault happens at any time on campus, whether by a student or non-student, a notice should be sent out, at least by email.

Failing to send out a notice about a sexual assault, especially when there are emails sent to students about less pressing matters such as free hot chocolate, makes the situation seem as though it is being brushed aside.

We realize that reports are issued to be published in The Advocate’s police blotter, but an electronic notice would be faster.

Even if the notice turns out to be unnecessary, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Also, campus police could do more to aid in catching perpetrators by releasing critical information, such as the time and place the crime happened as soon as possible.

Community members would have fresh recollections they can pass on to investigators instead of possibly forgetting key details after the passing of time.

A policy that says no notice unless there is imminent danger is misguided, as rumors and unfounded concerns can be quashed before they spread and gain headway.

Campus authorities have a healthy concern to protect the identities of victims, but revealing critical information such as the time and location the crime occurred may aid in solving cases.

There is an entire campus community available to assist investigations, and campus authorities are failing to provide adequate details when they withhold vital information.

If campus authorities kept these factors in mind when facing similar situations in the future, the campus ultimately will be a safer place for all.

Protecting the identities of victims is critical in an investigation.

However, revealing information such as the time and location in which the crime occurred would be an asset toward solving crimes in the future and should not be too much to ask.