DU Alert

DU Alert is an automated message notification system used to contact students and employees (who have subscribed to the service) about emergencies or major disruptions to campus services. This is one of several emergency communication methods.

Sign up to receive DU Alerts now.

When will I receive a DU Alert?Student holding phone

  • A life threatening emergency
  • Imminent danger, including a major fire or shooting
  • Imminent disaster, including an earthquake or flood
  • Severe weather, including tornado warnings
  • Major interruptions of campus operations, such as snow closings

How will I be notified?

Once you subscribe, you will get brief messages, activated by designated University personnel:

  • Voice and text messages to your cell phone
  • Voice message to your land-line phone

Text Messages

The DU Alert text messages have no advertising messages or spam. They are no more than 120 characters. The text will state the nature of the emergency or disruption so you can take appropriate action. Because these messages are sent through different cell providers, some people will receive them more quickly than others. You should be sure to inform other people when you receive a DU Alert. If text messages are delayed by other traffic, the first warnings you hear may be the Outside Warning System.

Check with your cell-service provider about possible fees when you receive these messages.


The DU Alert System will be tested at least once a semester. You will receive a test of the DU Alert System via voice and text messages on your cell phone and land-line phone (if you select it).


Contact the Public Safety Department at 412.396.6002 or learn more about the system.

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