Communication and Notifications
Texas Tech University provides information to students and employees about campus security procedures and encourages them to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. In order to accomplish this goal, students and employees are kept informed about crime prevention strategies through a variety of non-emergency communications channels. Information on reported crimes that pose serious or continuing threats to the campus community is disseminated through timely warnings and emergency notifications using Blackboard Connect, TechAlert, via phone calls, text message, email, digitial signage and social media. All TTU students and employees are automatically enrolled in the alert system with a confirmed TTU email address and cell phone number. Contact information can be updated at emergency.ttu.edu.
Texas Tech University will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. The types of incidents that may cause an immediate threat to the community may include, but are not limited to:
- Active shooter on campus
- Suspicious death
- Hostage / barricade situation
- Structural damage to TTU-owned property
- Bomb threat / suspicious package
- Biological threat
- Gas leak
- Fire or explosion
- Hazardous materials spill
If a serious crime, a natural disaster, or a man-made emergency occurs that poses such risk; federal law requires the university to immediately notify the campus community or appropriate segments that may be affected. Various systems are utilized for communicating information quickly to the TTU community. In addition to the aforementioned, you can find messages posted here:
- Texas Tech University on TWITTER
- Texas Tech Universtiy on FACEBOOK
- A posting on TTU Emergency WEBSITE
The university implemented timely warning processes to help keep students and employees informed about threats to their health and safety in a manner that allows them to protect themselves. The Texas Tech Police Department and Clery Compliance Division develops timely warning notices for the university community to notify members about serious crimes against people that occur on or near campus when it is determined that the incident may pose a serious or ongoing threat. These warnings will be disseminated through TechAlert, whether the incident is reported to the Texas Tech Police Department, through a campus security authority, or local law enforcement.
The Clery Act requires institutions to distribute timely warnings for all Clery crimes if there is an imminent danger to the community. A Timely Warning may also be issued for other crimes that pose an imminent danger to the TTU community as determined necessary by the Chief of Police or designee. Timely warnings may be distributed for crimes that do not rise to the level of causing a serious or continuing threat to the university community but are situations the campus community should be aware of. Examples include, but are not limited to, a pattern of thefts or crimes on or off campus.
A timely warning will typically include the following, unless any of this information would risk compromising law enforcement efforts:
- Date and time or time frame of the incident
- Brief description of the incident
- Information that will promote safety and potentially aid in the prevention of similar crimes
- Suspect description
- Police agency contact information
- Other information as deemed necessary by the Chief of Police or designee.
- The description of suspects will only be included if there is a sufficient amount of detail to describe the individual.
A timely warning will not be issued for the listed crimes if:
- The department apprehends the subject(s) and the threat of imminent danger for members of the community has been mitigated by the apprehension.
- A report was not filed with the Texas Tech Police Department, or the department was not notified of the crime in a manner that would allow the department to post a “timely” warning for the community.
- As a general guideline, a report that is filed more than 14 days after the date of the alleged incident may not allow TTPD to post a “timely” warning to the community.
- Each situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.