How UT Austin Keeps Parents Informed About Incidents

Published: November 29, 2010

When an active shooter incident occurs on campus, inevitably and understandably, the parents of students will want to know that their children are safe. Many may want to sign up to receive campus emergency text alerts, however, Cronk, Dalhstrom and Harkins do not recommend this practice.

“If you let the parents sign up, you slow down the notification process, so you can’t get the message out to the students quickly,” says Dahlstrom.

Instead, parents of UT Austin students are encouraged to sign up for UTPD’s daily E-mail message, called “Campus Watch.”

“We also have a very active parents association,” says Harkins. “During the Sept. 28 event, the parents association was fielding a lot of calls from parents and doing a lot of good work for us. Bring them inside your tent and use them.”

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