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Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

Timely Warnings (Crime Alert)

A Timely Warning, also known as a Crime Alert, will be issued for all Clery Act crimes that occur on UCLA’s Clery Act geography that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies and are considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. UCLA PD Investigations Division personnel, in consultation with the on-duty UCLA PD Watch Commander, will make the determination whether to issue a Timely Warning to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences. Such warnings differ from the Emergency Notifications described below in that Timely Warnings are specific to certain criminal offenses occurring at our Clery geography.  Timely Warnings may also include the type of crime; the date, time, and location of the incident; and suspect information, when applicable.

Timely Warnings will withhold the names of victims as confidential or limit information that may jeopardize the safety of the victim or compromise law enforcement efforts.  Information reported in a Timely Warning may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the issuance of the warning, and physical descriptions of a suspect will be included in Timely Warnings only if there are enough details to help distinguish the suspect’s appearance from the general population.

Timely Warnings are sent to all registered UCLA email addresses.  They are also posted on the UCLA Police Department website at

For more information on Timely Warnings, please contact the UCLA Police Department Clery Coordinator at

Crime Advisories

UCLA PD may also issue a Crime Advisory for an incident that doesn’t meet the requirements for a Timely Warning when, in the opinion of UCLA PD Investigations Division personnel, there may be serious or continuing threat to students and employees.  This may include any crime that occurs outside UCLA’s Clery Act geography, or non-Clery Act crimes that occur on UCLA’s Clery Act geography.

Emergency Notifications (Bruin Alert)

Upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, the UCLA Office of Emergency Management will immediately initiate its mass warning policy and activate the campus emergency notification systems, also known as a BruinAlert.  Emergency Notifications differ from Timely Warnings described above in that Emergency Notifications apply to any immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees on campus.  This may include certain criminal activity in progress, but it may also include serious fires, outbreaks of serious illnesses, extreme weather conditions, earthquakes, gas leaks, terrorist incidents, armed intruders, bomb threats, civil unrest or rioting, explosions, or nearby chemical or hazardous waste spills.

The University uses some or all of the various systems available for expedient communication including: emails, emergency text messages (SMS), outdoor sirens & voice warning, scrolling emergency messages on the campus cable television, AM 1630, the UCLA Campus Newsroom, local media outlets, and social media (Facebook and Twitter).  Students with valid email addresses in MyUCLA and UCLA faculty and staff with valid email addresses in the campus directory are automatically enrolled to receive BruinAlert notifications via e-mail.

For more information on the BruinAlert system, please visit