A Safer, Happier University

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Knoxville (WVLT) Students and faculty coming to the UT campus in just days may be a little safer, thanks to a new alert system which will notify people individually.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb has more on the latest on campus security.

It's called UT alert.

We first told you about it last year after the Virginia Tech tragedy, but UT had been planning it for months.

If something bad happens on campus you'll be the first to know, and it could save your life, if you sign up for it.

Students coming back to UT this fall should feel a little safer, that is if they sign up for the new UT Alert.

Capt. Keith Lambert, with UT Police says, "It's less than a two minute process."

The new system allows students to get a text or email message if they're on campus in case of an emergency, such as a gas leak.

"It gives the people an opportunity to react and so the quicker they are able to act the safer that they are going to be."

School officials say faculty and students can sign up on a computer simply by going to the UT website and putting in their net ID and password.

Then click to validate.

Then the system lets you know you're signed up.

School officials say only three to four thousand are signed up so far so they're working to get the word out

Jay Mayfield, with UT Media Relations says, "We're really going to hit it from every angle possible. The system works best when people are signed up for it."

Emily Cuba, a returning student says, "This morning actually...I read it in the Daily Beacon."

Cuba learned quickly of the new system after arriving on campus.

She likes the idea, especially after last year's bomb threat.

"We were all watching. We didn't know what was going on. So like for that instance, it would have been nice to know what was going on."

So does Emily plan to sign up?

"I don't know. How do you sign up?"

It's easy.

If you don't have a computer you can go to the kiosk set up at the University Center on August 20th from 10 am to 2:30 pm., the John Ward Pedestrian Mall on August 22, 23, or 24th from 7:45 am to 3 pm, or September 5th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, back at the University Center.

Or you can simply visit the link included below:

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