UW Text Alert

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is setting up an emergency text-messaging service, designed to alert students, staff and faculty of dangerous situations on campus.

The move comes as security and safety have become major concerns for campus residents and employees following incidents such as mass shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas says a system called WiscAlerts-Text is being developed that would send text alerts to cell phones once a threat to public safety is detected.

Lucas says the service would only be used in emergencies, and not to send out general bulletins or spam.

He expects the system to be ready in May or June at the latest.

The comment sections of our web set are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from the viewers but we are not obligated to post comments we feel inappropriate or violate our guidelines. Here are some of the criteria you should follow when posting comments:

Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. Children and families visit this site. We will delete comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.

We will delete all comments using hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our web site.

Comments should not attack other readers personally.

We will delete comments we deem offensive, in bad taste, or out of bounds. We are not obligated to post comments that are rude or insensitive.

We do not edit user-submitted comments.

As a host WEAU 13 News welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However, we have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason WEAU 13 News reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
WEAU 13 NEWS 1907 S. Hastings Way Eau Claire, WI 54701 By Phone: Main Number (715) 835-1313 and (715) 832-3474. Tip Line (715) 839-WEAU - (715) 839-9328 Sports Line (715) 852-1537
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 16250441 - weau.com/a?a=16250441
Gray Television, Inc.