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VCU provides text alerts for community members

You can choose to receive Virginia Commonwealth University Alert emergency communications through text messaging and email. VCU’s text message alert system provides immediate information about campus emergencies, weather delays and cancellations.

Are you a student, faculty member or staff member?

VCU faculty, staff and students are automatically signed up for VCU Alert text messages. Please ensure you have the most up-to-date Mobile or Cell Phone Number (Primary) field on your personal information page of the eServices/ VCU Self Services website.

If you do not have a phone number listed, please add one by selecting “Add New” in the Phone Number field. Make sure it is listed as a Mobile or Cell Phone Number and the checkbox for “Primary” is checked.

Are you a parent or community member?

Parents and community members also may sign up for VCU’s text message alert system to receive information about campus emergencies and cancellations.

After signing up for VCU Alert text messages, non-VCU subscribers may log in to change their settings or add an additional cell phone number or email address.

How do I unsubscribe from VCU’s text message alert system?

Users may opt-out of receiving VCU Alerts on their phone at any time by replying STOP to a VCU Alert text message. If you choose to unenroll in VCU Alerts, you will no longer receive emergency messages, including weather and other campus impacts. By unsubscribing, users will no longer receive either VCU or VCU Health text alerts.

Note: For subscribers who are not part of the VCU community, when the primary cell phone texts "STOP" to unsubscribe, that account will be removed including secondary numbers and email addresses.

How do I re-subscribe to VCU’s text message alert system if I have previously unsubscribed?

To reactivate a number that has been deactivated either by replying STOP to a VCU Alert message or deactivating a number in the VCU Alert Subscriber portal, you must log into the VCU Alert Subscriber Portal and activate your phone number.

Should I sign up for VCU’s text message alert system if I am already receiving government Wireless Emergency Alerts?

Yes. The services are complementary. Wireless Emergency Alerts are short emergency messages sent by authorized government authorities through a mobile carrier, with no need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

VCU’s text message alert system provides subscribers with details about emergencies or inclement weather that directly impact VCU’s campuses.

Questions and support

Contact the VCU IT Support Center at (804) 828-2227 or email

Subscribe to RSS feed

You may also subscribe to the VCU Alert page RSS feed to stay up-to-date on campus emergencies.