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Sights and Sounds of a Safe Campus from UT Dallas.

Campus Alerts

When normal University operations are altered or when a situation affects campus safety, cell phone numbers will be used to send text messages to the UT Dallas community. Please provide or update your cell phone number here. Cell phone numbers are protected by applicable privacy laws and will not be sold or rented by the University or its vendors. Standard messaging rates may apply.

If a closure or change in campus operations is necessary, UT Dallas will inform students and employees of the University status via several communication channels:

  • Closure information will be posted on the University website.
  • An e-mail announcement will be sent to all faculty, staff and students.
  • A recorded telephone message will be available at 972-883-7669.
  • Local media outlets will be informed.
  • An announcement will be sent via the University text message system.
  • The University’s Facebook page and Twitter feed will provide information.

For more information, please see “What to Do in a Crisis.”


Depending on the campus location and the severity of a situation, University emergency personnel may ask occupants to evacuate the building or to "shelter in place." UTD PD officers also may utilize their in-car loudspeaker to provide announcements and emergency commands to large crowds either outside or near doors and windows of a building. Depending on which building is involved, a central intercom system may not exist, so it is important to listen for other instructions that may be delivered by police.

Mass Notification System

In the event of an emergency or natural disaster the campus community will be notified as prominently as possible through several means of communication. This includes UTD Alert, the University's website, campus and local media, text-messaging, Fire Alarm Systems, Indoor Warning System and Outdoor Warning System.

Outdoor Warning System

Outdoor warning sirens are used to warn the public of an approaching hazard, one of them being to warn against a potential threat or natural disaster in the immediate area.

The University of Texas at Dallas has installed an Outdoor Warning System (OWS) as an additional method to warn the campus of impending or current dangerous situations. The system has siren and voice capability. We will test the system the first Wednesday of each month at noon to ensure the system is functioning properly and so the campus community becomes familiar with the sound and recognizes and pays attention to the voice messages. In the event of an emergency, the OWS signals listeners to seek shelter in a safe place in a building.

Indoor Warning System

This system enables UTD emergency services to have the capability to communicate with most buildings or each building individually. Some buildings are outfitted with equipment that can communicate live and recorded messages, but others must be accessed individually at the fire panels in the buildings. Fire Alarm pulls also are used in warning occupants of an emergency within the building.




Updated: September 24, 2014