Crime Bulletins and Emergency Notifications
No one system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere every time. That is why the University maintains more than 20 different ways to communicate a message in an emergency, which together create the Carolina Alert Notification System. Methods of communication are chosen based on the individual situation or incident.
To see the latest Crime Bulletin, click here.
To see the latest Carolina Alert, click here.
If a situation poses an immediate risk and requires a change in action (seek shelter, evacuate, etc.) disruptive media may be used in the form of sirens, text messages, TV message crawler or others. Emergency Notifications may be used for incidents that occur on or immediately adjacent to the university campus. Emergency Notifications are generally not used when a criminal incident has occurred off-campus or if perpetrator(s) were seen fleeing away from campus, or if there is a time lapse in reporting the incident to police.
Emergencies where issuing a notification would compromise efforts to assist a victim, contain the emergency, respond to the emergency, or mitigate the emergency may also prohibit an Emergency Notification.
Students, faculty and staff: Sign up to receive emergency notifications using text messages sent to your mobile phone here.
If a situation or incident is not immediately life threatening or is contained, a Crime Bulletin may be posted to provide a timely warning to the University community. Crime Bulletins are issued when pertinent information is available and may also include relevant safety tips. Crime Bulletins are posted on the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety’s website and sent out via social media. View the latest Crime Bulletin here.
Methods of communication used in an emergency:
- Carolina Alert Website
- Carolina Alert RSS Feed
- Carolina Alert Facebook Page
- Carolina Alert Twitter
- University Homepage
- Outdoor Warning Sirens / Tone-Alert Radios
- Voice Over Fire Alarm
- Digital Signage
- Alert FM
- Text Messaging
- Mass Email
- Television Message Crawl
- Blackboard Announcement
- WUSC 90.5 FM Radio
- Fire Alarm
- Building PA Systems
- Vehicle Public Address Speakers
- Local Media Release