VCU Alert

On-campus emergency: 828-1234
Off-campus emergency: 911

Types of alerts

VCU uses a variety of communication methods to alert the campus community about emergency situations and safety threats.

Alertus

These small yellow devices are strategically installed in classrooms, residence halls and other high-traffic areas throughout campus. They are designed to provide an auditory and visual alert when a threat has occurred or is imminent.

Much like text messages, a protective action statement will scroll on the screen during a threatening event.

Digital signage

Digital signage includes large television monitors located in high-travel areas throughout campus such as major academic buildings, the University Student Commons and all residential housing facilities on both campuses. During an emergency, these devices will display emergency warning information, with additional information available at www.alert.vcu.edu.

Mass email

During an emergency, all VCU email account holders will receive an email containing the safety recommendations related to the event.

Outdoor sirens

In a real emergency, sirens on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses will sound for four minutes to signal that an immediate, life-threatening emergency has occurred or may be imminent.

The purpose of the siren is to alert people outside of campus buildings to immediately seek secure shelter and to receive additional information. No all-clear siren is used.

Social media

Alerting information will be posted to the @VCU Twitter account and the VCU Facebook page.

Text messages

All students are given the opportunity to enroll in the text messaging system to receive emergency alerts. Other community members may manually register to receive notifications. These messages are short, protective action statements that contain a link to www.alert.vcu.edu, where additional information will be located.

The majority of these text alerts are about crimes that occur off campus, but because many students, faculty and staff live in these neighborhoods, VCU feels it is important to inform the community of existing threats so that proper safety measures can be taken.