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TXT-U to aid in campus emergency notification

University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff now have the option to receive emergency notifications via text messages, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The emergency notification method was introduced Friday, and is intended to communicate "school closings and emergency situations" throughout campus, according to a news release attributed in the Daily's article.

"Text messaging is a quick way to reach people, particularly when time is of the essence," Vice President for University Services, Kathleen O'Brien, said.

The service, which is free (excluding standard service provider charges), is available online for students to register.