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September 17, 2021

Safety is a priority at Cornell. There are two primary types of emergency messages – Crime Alerts and CornellALERTS – that you may receive.

Crime Alerts: What are they and why do I get them? – The Clery Act requires the Cornell Police to provide timely warnings when we learn of a serious or continuing threat on or near campus. The purpose is to provide you with information on how to protect yourself against a specific threatening circumstance that may be ongoing, or a recent occurrence that remains unresolved and continues to pose a threat. Crime alerts are sent to all faculty, staff and students in the campus community via email and are posted to the Emergency, CUInfo and Cornell Police websites.

CornellALERTS: How are they different? – CornellALERT messages are emergency notifications sent to the Cornell community any time there is an imminent threat to the health or safety of the community. This could include such natural incidents as a tornado or other dangerous weather, such events as an explosive device or active threat or a change in the university’s operating status due to an emergency or weather event. Cornell community members receive CornellALERT emergency messages via email and on the mobile phone number listed in their Cornell personal contact information. I would also encourage you to download RAVE Guardian, a free mobile app that turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.

National Hazing Prevention Week – In memory of Antonio Tsialas ’23, Cornell dedicates National Hazing Prevention Week, Sept. 20-24, to a new chapter of learning. During this week, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life invites all Cornell community members to participate in a variety of programs in support of hazing prevention, including an online hazing prevention pledge which will be turned into a display of support on the Arts Quad Sept. 24. Please visit the Hazing at Cornell website for hazing prevention resources or to report an incident on campus.

David Honan, Chief
Cornell University Police