The attack on The Ohio State University campus left many parents wondering if and how they could receive emergency updates from their children's colleges.
WKYC’s Alyssa Raymond spoke with parents in Northeast Ohio about how they felt about the school’s alert system.
View their reactions below.
WKYC also took a look at the websites for local colleges and searched for how they communicate emergency alerts and if they allowed parents and guardians to be notified as well. View the findings below.
Akron University uses Z-Alerts to communicate emergencies and important information to its community. Faculty, students, and parents and guardians are all able to sign up for Z-Alerts here.
Baldwin Wallace University
Baldwin Wallace does not have a way for parents to receive alerts, however it is contracted with “RAVE Communications” which allows them to send text messages to all faculty, staff, and students in time of emergency.
Bowling Green University
Bowling Green uses the ALERTBG notification system to make their community aware of emergencies. Faculty, staff, and students are automatically enrolled in the program as long as a phone number is provided in their personal information on the secure MyBGSU site (under cell phone number, not home number). Alerts are sent via email and text message. Users may add one additional cell phone number and/or email address into the system by visiting the MyBGSU site.
Case Western Reserve University
Case Western uses the Rave alert system to notify their community of emergencies. Anyone with a CWRU ID will automatically receive alerts to campus email and campus phones. However, to receive them on your personal phone or email you must input your information at getrave.com. The alerts are only available to those with CWRU ID’s. Parents looking to receive the alerts must be added by their children. You can find all the guidelines and steps to receive CWRU alerts here.
The University of Cincinnati uses a campus safety network called Nixle to alert their community of emergencies. Anyone can sign up for these alerts. However, there is separate system that alerts only students and faculty, to sign up for that you must have an active UC username and password.
Cleveland State University
Cleveland State uses an emergency notification system that notifies students and faculty of emergency via text, email, and social media. However, they did not list on their website how parents could enroll to receive alerts.
Kent State University
Kent State uses FlashALERTS to notify their community of emergency situations. In order to recieve Flash Alerts you must sign up using your Flashline username and password. Parents too can be added to the subscriber list it just has to be done his or her child. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for FlashALERTS here.
Ohio University uses a system called Ohio Alert to inform its community of emergencies. Students and faculty are automatically enrolled as long as their contact information is up to date within their MY OHIO Student Center. However, they did not list on their website how parents could receive alerts.
Ohio State University
Ohio State uses a system called Buckeye Alerts, the system notifies students and faculty of emergencies via text message. Students who provide their phone number to Buckeye Link are automatically enrolled. However, students are able to add an additional two phone numbers to receive alerts. For more information and step-by-step instructions click here.
Youngstown State University
Youngstown State sends out emergency notifications to anyone with to a university email. In addition to the email notification, faculty and students can sign up for text message alerts. All that is need to sign up is a valid YSU username and password. YSU does offer the option to add two additional phone numbers and emails so that parents and guardians can receive alerts.