Randy Young, spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety, said he would not speak directly about the incident on Tuesday, but there are reasons for alerts not being sent out.
“We may choose not to put an alert out if, number one, it doesn’t specifically impact the campus community — if it’s not a verifiable, imminent threat to the campus community. Or if we have trouble verifying or cannot verify whether or not putting that information out would impede other agencies ability to process information or mitigate a threat,” Young said.
“It could be that we have information that allows us some perspective on whether or not a threat has left the area or in another direction.”
Young said the University has three tiers of alert. The first tier is the highest level of alert that includes campus sirens. The second is considered a timely warning, and the third is an informational message. Young said no two situations are alike.