Public Safety Awareness Bulletins
In the event that a serious crime occurs on or near campus, that, in the judgment of the Deans Office and the Department of Public Safety, presents an ongoing or continuing threat to the college community, a Public Safety Awareness Bulletin will be issued by the Public Safety Department using the college e-mail system and will be posted in flyer form in prominent campus locations.
The decision to issue a bulletin to the community will be made on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the community, the possible risk to compromising law enforcement efforts and the personal safety of any individual or group. Crimes that are typically addressed in this context include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape and other sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson.
The bulletin will typically include the date, time and nature of the offence, a brief overview of its particular circumstances, a physical description of the actor(s), law enforcements immediate actions, a request and method for witnesses to contact law enforcement, and where applicable and appropriate, cautionary advice that would promote safety. Anyone with information warranting a bulletin should report the circumstances to the Public Safety Department by phone at (610-328-8281) or in person at the Benjamin West House. Timely warnings of situations that may pose a threat to others are generated from reports made to the Department of Public Safety, Campus Security Authorities as identified by Swarthmore College, and local police agencies having concurrent jurisdiction.
Until the investigation of the specific act has been concluded, it can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.