Timely Warning Policy


In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the DSU Chief of Police, constitutes an ongoing or continuing serious threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the university emergency alert system, which distributes information through voice, email, and short-message-service (SMS).




Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the DSU Police Department will coordinate with the Office of Communications and Marketing and may also post a notice on the DSU website and/or specifically on the DSU Police website at www.deltastate.edu/police. In such instances, a copy of the notice will be posted in each residence hall.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the DSU Police by phone at (662) 846-4155, in person at the Police Department located in the Union Building, Room 202, or by email at police@deltastate.edu.

The Okra Alert system gathers all students’ cell phone numbers (if provided) upon enrollment. Anyone wishing to verify their enrollment in Okra Alert should go through the following steps:

  • DSU Online Services
  • Login
  • Personal Information
  • Enroll in Okra Alert (Emergency Text Message Notification)

If anyone wishes to OPT OUT of the system, press X (delete) by the phone number.

All faculty and staff employees will need to enroll in the system manually using the same prompts as listed above.


Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner: Police Department



  • None



Change/Review/Approval Date:

Policy Effective Date: 08/15/2016