Emergency Text Messaging

As part of a comprehensive effort to inform our community of any emergencies that might arise on campus, the University of Cincinnati offers an emergency text messaging service. This service is a partnership between UC Public Safety and IT@UC.

All cell-phone numbers provided to the university will be subscribed to the University of Cincinnati emergency text message system. In the event of a campus emergency, UC Public Safety will send a text message to all faculty, staff and students who have not specifically declined to accept such messages by opting out of this service through OneStop and Directory Services:

  • Faculty and staff must click "yes" or "no" when asked if they would like to receive emergency text message notifications from UC Public Safety in their directory listing. You may review and update your directory listing here:
  • Students must go to the Catalyst website to sign up for or decline emergency text message notifications from UC Public Safety. To receive alerts, students need to have the "Emergency Text" field in the "Phone Numbers" section under "Personal Information" in Catalyst filled out in order to receive alerts. Please also ensure that the email address, in the "Email Addresses" section, is correct. Students may review and update, by changing address information here: https://www.catalyst.uc.edu

UC Public Safety will use the system at their discretion if there is an imminent threat to the safety and security of the campus community or to announce a weather-related university closing. For example, text messages would strongly direct you to take immediate action to avoid injury from a natural disaster; tornado, blizzard, or chemical spill. In the event of an active shooting that targets a person without provocation on or around campus, an emergency text message would be sent to the entire campus community. Alerts regarding a criminal act off campus would not be subject to an emergency text message, however, a timely warning as described by the Jeanne Clery Act may be distributed over various Campus Safety communications platforms.

Although the university offers the ability to opt-out of receiving emergency messages, UC Public Safety recommends that you do not opt out. In an emergency, accurate and up-to-date information may be critical to your safety and security. We will use this emergency text message system only when necessary.

The university will test the system occasionally to determine if it is working properly, but you will not receive non-emergency or advertising messages. UC will not sell your information. The user is responsible for any charges from their phone carrier.