Ohio State Changing Alert System

Police say a man attacked two women near the Ohio State University Medical Center earlier this month. He was later arrested.(Photo: Friscocali (Flickr))
Police say a man attacked two women near the Ohio State University Medical Center earlier this month. He was later arrested.(Photo: Friscocali (Flickr))

Ohio State University is changing the way it notifies students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency.

The move comes after OSU took criticism from many students and employees who say they didn’t receive a text message alert after a man who reportedly attacked two women was still at large and hiding near campus.

Since the alert system went into affect several years ago, it has only sent text messages to people who voluntarily enrolled. Under the changes taking affect next month, all students and employees with a cell phone number on record will automatically get text alerts. The overhaul also requires people already enrolled to re-register.

OSU expects the changes will expand the number of people getting text alerts from about 30,000 to 50,000.

Students and employees also have the option to opt out of alerts if they choose.

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