Campus emergency notification systems to be tested

The University will conduct a test of its emergency notification procedures on March 12.

This will include:
• text messages from AlertBG
• a campuswide email
• recorded messages on 419-37-ALERT and 372-SNOW
• announcements on the Bowen-Thompson Student Union televisions
• other available means of communication

Following the test, the crisis committee will assess the results and ask the campus community for its input.

More information on the test and what to expect will be coming in the next two Monitors and in Campus Update.

AlertBG updates
In the meantime, those who have not registered to receive emergency text messages should sign up on MyBGSU. AlertBG is the third tab to the right of the Welcome tab at the top of the page.

If you have already signed up for the messages but have changed carriers or cell numbers, do not open a new account. Instead, simply go into your account and enter the new information.

Deans and directors are working with their faculty to determine what policy will work best for their areas in regard to asking students to turn off cell phones during class. Faculty should consult with their dean when deciding how to proceed.

An updated FAQ page is being prepared and will be posted shortly to address issues that have arisen since AlertBG was inaugurated. Basic information is available at

February 25, 2008