*Update* UT delays UT Alert test until 3 p.m. today
In light of an implementation of Bowling Green State University's alert system this morning due to an incident on that campus, and due to inaccurate media reports incorrectly linking the BGSU incident to UT, The University of Toledo is delaying the test of its UT Alert test originally scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning to 3 p.m. this afternoon in order to avoid any confusion or miscommunication.
The University will conduct a test of UT Alert, its campus emergency notification system, at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7.
The system was utilized during a real-life situation Friday, Oct. 31, when two students were attacked on the Scott Park Campus. Text and e-mail messages were sent to more than 11,000 UT Alert subscribers soon after the incident, which resulted in the cancellation of classes on the Scott Park Campus the rest of the day.
Pertinent information also was posted on UT’s internal Web site shortly after the attack.
“Obviously, our goal during last week’s incident was to get critical information out to our students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible,” said Bill Logie, vice president for human resources and campus safety. “Some facets of the system worked as they were intended, and others need to be improved. Testing UT Alert in a more controlled environment on Nov. 7 will give us a better means of evaluating its effectiveness.”
Messages sent Nov. 7, Logie added, will clearly state, “This is a test.”
If you are registered with UT Alert and do not receive a message by 9:15 a.m., be sure to contact UT’s Safety and Health Department at 419.530.3600.
Those who haven’t subscribed to the system may visit http://myut.utoledo.edu and click on the UT Alert icon to do so.
Voice mail messages can be sent only to members of the UT community who have visual impairments. Call the Safety and Health Department at 419.530.3600 to register for this service.