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Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts

Keeping our Community Informed

A Timely Warning will be issued to the community when incidents of criminal activity, specifically the crimes reported on our statistics page, occur on campus or within the immediate proximity of campus. Timely Warnings may also be issued when instances of criminal behavior pose a potential threat to the community.

Timely Warnings differ from Emergency Notifications. Timely Warnings are sent to inform our community of less than imminent threats or reoccurring crime trends. Timely Warnings are sent by means of the same modes of communication, with the exception of SMS text messages. Text messages are reserved for instances when an imminent threat is perceived. Information regarding these crimes/trends may originate from Public Safety Reports, from local Law Enforcement Agencies or the Putnam County 911 Center.

Timely Warnings are posted via this web page and may also be issued via WGRE Radio, The DePauw Newspaper, e-mail blasts, network bulletins, telephone trees, and portable public address systems as needed.


Crime Alert

February 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Please note that information in this warning may trigger a reader that has experienced sexualized violence. 


In compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a Crime Alert is being issued for a reported Sexual Assault.

A Campus Security Authority reported to Public Safety that they had learned from a student that they were sexually assaulted on campus by another student.   The student did not provide details of the assault or a specific date or time of the incident.  A location has not been specified. The assault is under investigation. 

Sexual assault can happen to anyone.  Each member of ourcommunity shares in the responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment for all individuals.  For more information on consent and sexual violence prevention and resources, see 

In an effort to keep yourself and others safe, please consider the following safety tips:

Never force, threaten or coerce another individual to submit to sexual activity.
Learning how to talk about consent, gain consent, and refuse consent can help clarify each person’s responsibility to minimize the risk of unwanted sexual contact.  The DePauw Student Handbook provides a very clear definition of consent and details DePauw’s Sexual Misconduct policies and protocols.   You can read the definition of consent here and the full Sexual Misconduct policy here. In layman’s terms, consent is when someone clearly agrees, gives permission, or says "yes" to sexual activity with someone else.  For sex to be consensual, all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say "yes" or "no" at any point during sexual activity and that their choices will be respected.  For more information about what is consent and what is coercion, go to:

Be aware of your surroundings.
Listen to your intuition. If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is. Try to get out of the situation.
Don't be afraid to make a scene and yell, scream, or run for protection.
Remember, alcohol and drugs can impair your perceptions and reactions. Be especially careful when you drink, and when you're with someone who has been drinking.
Watch your beverage at all times and don’t ingest anything from an unknown source.  Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Victims don't know they have ingested these drugs until the effects are well under way.
Go with a group of friends when you go out to a party or to the bars, and look out for each other.
Speak up or call authorities if you see someone who could be in trouble.
It is never the fault of the survivor of sexual assault. If you have experienced sexual violence it is not your fault. 

Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is encouraged to call DePauw Public Safety at 765-658-5555.

2-10-15  The Public Safety Office received a delayed report of a burglary that occurred over Winter Term.  A student living in Humbert Hall reported that personal property was missing from his room when he returned.  There are no suspects at this time.  

As always, please report any suspicious activity promptly to the Public Safety Office at 765-658-5555 and respect the card swipe access system by not propping doors.