The Michigan State University Police Department is responsible for developing and distributing Timely Warning and Emergency Notification messages. These messages are intended to warn the community about certain crimes and notify it of potentially dangerous situations on or near campus. These messages inform community members about incidents that may pose an ongoing threat and provide information to promote safety and prevent similar crimes. The decision to issue a Timely Warning or Emergency Notification is based on a variety of factors.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (or Clery Act) is intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete and timely information about safety on campus. One of the mandates of the Act is to provide these Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications to the campus community. These warnings and notifications can be delivered via three main platforms: voice messages to phones, e-mail and SMS text messaging.

This serves as a reminder of why these messages are provided, what they look like and how to manage the information we place into our systems. We have partnered with Blackboard Connect to provide time-sensitive messages to our community.

Emergency Sirens

MSU has implemented a mass notification outdoor speaker system on the main campus. These speakers replaced older siren technology to allow for the launching of either a severe weather warning siren and/or an audible message detailing actions to take. The speaker system is active and any information provided to you is for a real event.  On the first Saturday of each month at 1:00pm, the severe weather warning sirens are tested and that includes a pre-siren and post-siren audible message to test the speakers.

One Button

MSU Police has implemented a new “One-Button” alert system to make immediate notification of serious events or incidents. That system interfaces with our current alert/notification platforms and sends a very basic emergency message, while a more detailed message is crafted. That system is currently active.