Sep 26, 2011
From staff reports
On Monday, Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent an email to all faculty, staff and students on the Athens campus regarding the improved emergency warning system for the campus.
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
On Sept. 23, Ohio University's Athens campus began implementation of Blackboard Connect, an enhanced emergency notification system that uses text messaging to deliver information and instructions. This enhanced emergency warning and notification system is designed to significantly improve the delivery times of emergency text messages to the Athens campus community and, when fully deployed, should increase the speed and reliability with which we communicate emergency information to the Athens campus.
This new system is the latest step the University is taking to strengthen our preparedness to respond to emergencies. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that any text messaging system, regardless of its quality, depends upon the unimpaired functioning and capacity of our local and regional telecommunications infrastructure. Because it is unwise to rely upon a single method of communication during an emergency, we will continue to use our outdoor sirens, email, emergency information website, CATVision, as well as video monitors in Baker University Center and student dining facilities to keep you informed.
Students whose cell phone numbers appear in My OHIO Student Center (as a public or private cell phone) or employees who have signed up for the previous emergency notification system are automatically enrolled.
Within the next few days, individuals who are enrolled in the system will receive text and voice messages welcoming them to the Ohio Alert emergency warning and notification system. No action is necessary on your part; this is simply a step in our initialization of the system.
In the coming weeks, as we expand our deployment of the system, you will be provided with instructions on how to enroll in the service, how to update your information if you are currently enrolled, how students can enter parent information, and how to opt-out.
While you will have the ability to opt-out of the system, we strongly encourage you to participate and ask that you make it a priority to ensure that your information is current and accurate.
The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are a top priority for Ohio University. Along with the efforts of our community to be attentive to safety issues, the Blackboard Connect system will help us create the type of environment necessary for our work as students and educators.
Executive Vice President and Provost
Vice President for Finance and Administration