Timely Warnings - BOLOs

Timely Warning Notices, known as a BOLO (Be On The Look Out), are issued to notify members of the Loyola University community about serious crimes, usually against people, that occur on campus where it is determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to members of the university community. The Director of Public Safety/University Police or designee will develop and distribute timely warning notices after reviewing crime reports to LUPD. BOLOS are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: arson, criminal homicide, and robbery. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by Loyola University Police (LUPD). For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other University community members, therefore; a BOLO would not be distributed. Sexual Assaults are considered on a case by case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by LUPD.

BOLOS can be issued for threats to persons or to property and are not limited to violent crimes as determined necessary by the Director of LUPD or his or her designee. A BOLO may be issued for both on and off-campus crime reported to LUPD by New Orleans Police, Tulane Police, Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) and/or any other source and shall be decided on a case by case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the university community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcements efforts.

In an effort to provide timely notice to the university community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose an on-going threat to members of the university community, a blast email BOLO is sent to all students and employees on campus. Every attempt is made to distribute the BOLO as soon as possible after the crime is reported, however, the release of the warning BOLO is subject to the availability of facts concerning the incident. The alerts are generally written and distributed by the Director of LUPD and/or the Captain of Support Services and/or the Crime Prevention Lieutenant. Updates to the University community about any particular case resulting in a BOLO may be distributed via blast email. An archive of university police BOLOS are usually found on the department’s web page at http://www.loyno.edu/police. BOLOs may also be posted by LUPD in campus buildings when deemed necessary.

Anyone can sign up to receive these BOLOs by requesting on line at: http://finance.loyno.edu/police/sign-crime-alerts