Timely Warnings

When there is an immediate and time-sensitive threat to the campus community, timely warning reports are made simultaneously via the Ball State Web site, e-mail, campus voice mail, and text messaging (subscribe at The campus siren may also be used.

Timely warning reports include reports of serious crimes including murder, manslaughter, robbery, arson, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, sex offenses, and hate crimes when they occur in conjunction with previous categories.

Information contained in the reports includes:

  • Type of criminal activity reported
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Location of the incident
  • A brief description of the offense
  • Suspect(s) information/description
  • Specific safety response
  • Police and emergency telephone numbers
  • Issuance and removal dates

This system is used when immediate and specific action by students, faculty, and staff could protect them from imminent danger. This system is also used when classes are canceled or the campus is closed.

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for determining when a timely warning report should be issued and coordinates content with the Division of Strategic Communications. The Division of Strategic Communications is responsible for disseminating the timely warning to the campus community.

Ball State University Police makes available to all media upon request all public information related to reported criminal activity on a daily basis to support public awareness. Additionally, press releases and crime alerts related to certain specific incidents are posted at

Persons who have knowledge of an apparent crime and who believe the incident should be evaluated for the purposes of a timely warning to the campus community should report it immediately to Ball State University Police by calling (765) 285-1111. Reports of this nature can also be made to the list of offices and individuals noted in the following section.