UMD uses multiple methods to alert students, faculty, and staff about emergency situation.
Perhaps the most immediate way of receiving alerts is to receive a text message from the TXT-U system, used by all campuses of the University of Minnesota, including UMD. TXT-U can also send email and voice mail messages.
Last spring, we moved from an opt-in system, in which you had to sign up for TXT-U in order to receive alerts, to an opt-out system, in which phone numbers and email addresses are imported directly from the University Personal Information web site. In order to receive emergency text alerts, you must enter your cell phone number into this site. If you signed up previously for TXT-U but your cell phone number is not listed in Personal Information, you will not get text alerts.
Please make sure your contact information is up to date in Personal Information. To do this:
- Go to the Personal Information site. You will need to authenticate to see this.
- Choose "Telephone Numbers" from the menu at the top of the page.
- Enter your telephone numbers into the appropriate boxes.
By entering your cell phone here, you will receive text alerts. Note that TXT-U will only be used for emergency messages and campus closings. You will not receive other messages this way, other than a test message each semester.
Entering your cell phone number into the Personal Information site causes it to be displayed in the UM People Directory. There are two ways to prevent this from happening:
- In Personal Information, choose Directory Suppression from the Menu at the top of the page, and select the suppress option for telephone number. This will also suppress your home telephone number from the directory.
- Go directly to your TXT-U page and enter your cell number there. Remove your cell phone number from your Personal Information if you prefer not to use the directory suppression option described above.
For detailed information about TXT-U, please visit the TXT-U information page.
Thanks for your concern and your attention to safety.