Text Message Security Alerts
What are University Security Alerts?
University Security Alerts are text messages sent to the cell phones of students, faculty and staff who have elected to receive notices of imminent threats to public safety on or near campus.
How do I sign up for University Security Alerts?
- Register your cell phone number using the form above. You will need to know your SPIRIT ID number.
- Within a day or so of signing up you will receive an automated text message from the system asking you to confirm your enrollment. You will need to reply to this text message with “Y” in order to receive future text message alerts.
How can I stop my wireless carrier from blocking the message?
Make sure you opt-in. Opting-in gives your wireless carrier verifiable proof that you want to receive these messages. Simply text the word “subscribe” to 68453. That’s it! You’ve completed the opt-in process. You should receive a confirmation from your subscriber that you are able to receive our messages.
Why text messages?
Providing a secure learning, living and working environment for students and employees often requires sharing information quickly and broadly. Given the prevalence of cell phones on campus text messaging is a valuable tool in this effort. Participating users will receive messages within seconds of their transmission.
What will the University Security Alerts tell me?
A University Security Alert will state the type of threat and indicate suggested action. Because the messages must be brief you may be directed to call a dedicated security telephone number for detailed instructions where appropriate. Messages will be sent to all participating users regardless of affiliation to specific campuses/sites or day/evening sessions. For example, in the event of a threat to the Jersey City Campus all participating users will receive the same message even if their primary campus is our Englewood Cliffs campus.
Who can sign up for University Security Alerts?
All students, faculty and staff of Saint Peter’s University may sign up for this service.
What do I need to get University Security Alerts
- A valid SPIRIT ID number (located on the back of your OneCard); and
- A cell phone capable of receiving text messages. If you are unsure if your phone can receive text messages please call your service provider.
Will my cell phone number be kept confidential?
Yes. Cell phone numbers obtained by University Security Alerts are not shared or sold to any other systems or services.
How Much Does It Cost?
There is no charge to users for signing up. Individual cell phone plans will apply normal charges for the text message.
How many cell phone numbers may I register?
One number per SPIRIT ID.
What if I change my cell phone service provider or phone number?
If you change your phone number you need to re-submit the participation form above and indicate “Update Existing Registration” under Action to avoid an interruption in service.
How can I opt-out of University Security Alerts?
The system is completely optional. You may opt-out (discontinue) at any time by re-submitting the participation form above and indicating “Opt out” under Action.
What is Privatel?
Privatel is the vendor with whom Saint Peter’s University has contracted to provide the University Security Alerts service. There are advantages to having an off-site vendor host the service. For example, if a widespread power outage affected University campuses, we could still use Privatel’s service to communicate with University Security Alerts users.
I don’t have text messaging on my cell phone. How will I be notified in the event of an emergency? University Security Alerts is just one of the methods the University will use to communicate emergency information. If appropriate, global e-mails to Saint Peter’s email addresses, the telephone switchboard, flyers, local media and other communication tools will also be used.