The safety of all members of the University community is our number one priority. As many community members have learned, if there is an emergency affecting the community -- whether you live on campus, down-the-line, or anywhere off-site -- the University puts overlapping communication tools to work to keep community members informed.
URI's Emergency Alert system is one tool that is used to reach more than 15,000 faculty, staff and students who have registered to receive the voice/text notices on their cell phones, PDAs and/or other devices. Notices are also posted on the URI home page, URI Alerts, Facebook, Twitter and sent out via URINEWS/URINEWSLINE email lists.
Certainly, speed counts. So if you're already signed up, we urge you to adjust your settings to include text message, e-mail, and cell phone as priorities 1, 2, and 3 for contact. In urgent situations, the University may override your priorities and limit message transmission to priorities 1, 2, and 3.
The Emergency Alert System wants to reach you -- and will usually try all of your devices to accomplish that task. Therefore, if you can reduce the number of devices you've listed for contact, that will reduce the overall time that it takes for an emergency or class cancelation notification to reach all registered recipients.
Please Know: This emergency contact information is NOT included in the University's online or print directories. Data is stored in a completely different, secure database.
There are many wonderful stories of our community members coming together to support one other during an emergency situation. At any time, any concerned students, faculty or staff are encouraged to reach out to any of the various campus support services that are available including:
The University of Rhode Island works to provide safe and healthy campuses for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This Alert page is the site where community members will find factual and timely information related to emergency situations, power outages, weather alers and other campus notices. Such notices will also be available from:
Read about the whole process for Weather Notices and related items.
To the University Community:
As promised in my memo on April 29, the draft preliminary assessment report and recommendation regarding the emergency response to the incident in the Chafee Social Science Center on April 4, 2013 is now available from this email, my website and also at our Alert page, www.uri.edu/news/alert.
I urge you to read the report and offer your comments and ideas for consideration.
As one of the recommendations in the report relates to arming the URI Police, an open forum will be held on May 8 at 11 a.m. in the Atrium in the Memorial Union. Sponsored by my office, together with the Provost, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and the Student Senate, this open meeting is to ensure that all voices can be heard on this issue.
Prior to the forum, the state reports on this topic produced by the Government Relations Committee (2012) and the Campus Security Commission (2010), which are available for you to read and carefully consider.
Our desire is to have an informed dialogue about the issue on May 8. Our goal is NOT to attempt to reach consensus, but to assist our community in developing a thorough understanding of the issue and its implications. If additional forums are needed to foster broader dialogue about approaches, strategies, or potential improvements, we will arrange for such meetings.
David M. Dooley