The UMass Lowell Police Department publishes safety and crime alerts as well as crime statistics, in compliance with federal and state laws, and to improve safety on the UMass Lowell campus.
Timely Warnings Policy
The UMass Lowell Police Department is responsible for issuing Crime Alerts in compliance with the Clery Act. In the event a situation arises, either on- or off-campus, these alerts are issued to keep the campus community informed about safety and security matters. The decision to issue a Crime Alert is decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding an incident, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing threat to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Therefore all reports of criminal behavior should be made to University Police. Crime Alerts are issued for specific crime classifications: arson, aggravated assault, criminal homicide, robbery and sex offenses. Crime Alerts may also be posted for other crime classifications as deemed necessary.
To issue a Crime Alert, University Police informs the campus community via a campus-wide email that is addressed to students, faculty and staff. This email indicates that a Crime Alert has been issued. Additionally, a copy of this notice is sent to UML Today. A copy is also posted in all affected residence halls and may be sent to the student newspaper, The Connector, to further alert the campus community.
In addition to these Crime Alerts, UMass Lowell has been able to issue campus-wide alerts via text-messaging, email, and cell, home and office phones to the campus community in the event of an imminent or ongoing threat to the community. UMass Lowell campus-wide alerts are disseminated with the goal of notifying as many people as possible, as rapidly as possible (i.e., active threats, bomb threats, a dangerous chemical spill, etc.). These alerts are sent to individuals who subscribe to UMass Lowell campus-wide alerts.
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up to receive these notices. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact either the Office of Disability Services at 978-934-4574 or the Help Desk at 978-934-4357 for assistance in subscribing to UMass Lowell campus-wide alerts.