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Emergency text messaging in works

KU has taken the first step toward building a comprehensive emergency communication system by establishing a text messaging process, one of several emergency communications methods being implemented.

Students, staff and faculty were sent an email May 10 directing them to a secure Web site — www.sa.ku.edu —  to log in using their university ID, update their emergency contact information and submit their cellular phone number and service provider. To participate in a text messaging system, individuals must provide both a cell number and provider.

The second step will come later when the university selects a text messaging system. KU is evaluating several text messaging options and will implement a new system in the near future.

Other communications systems are currently being reviewed for implementation as well.

"All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to provide this important information before leaving campus this spring. This is the very earliest we could start collecting the numbers and provider information needed to make a text messaging system work," said Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success. "We wanted to start now so we can have a system that is tested and up and running before the students return."

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