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About MSU Alerts

All students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled into MSU Alert. Contact information is gathered from student and employee MyInfo accounts. Please ensure your MyInfo account is up to date with your current cellphone number, work email, and personal email addresses. You can verify your information by logging into MyInfo and selecting the “personal information” link.

Types of MSU Alert notifications

Three notification processes are used to warn the campus community in the event of an emergency or public safety risk. It is important for everyone to become familiar with each procedure and understand when they are used.

Notification Types

Emergency Notifications

These are issued when a potential on-going threat (active shooter, earthquake, evacuation, etc.) could cause immediate harm to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Being that these notifications are time sensitive and crucial, they are distributed via a text message alert; voice calls; and emails. Click here for additional Emergency Notification details.

Timely Warnings

These are issued to notify students, faculty, and staff when a serious crime (murder, sex offenses, robbery, etc.) has occurred within the campus jurisdiction and has the potential to be repeated or on-going, in accordance with the Clery Act. These notifications are sent via email. Click here for additional Timely Warning details.

Public Safety Advisory

These are issued to notify students, faculty, and staff of situations that do not pose immediate threat to life safety, but may require awareness to reduce the risk of being victimized (telephone/email scams, fraud, etc.) These notifications are sent via email. 

MSU Alert system tests

Montana State University regularly tests its MSU Alert system to ensure its functionality and to comply with the Clery Act. When tests are initiated, a message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff, as well as to members of the community who have subscribed to alerts. The message will be disseminated via text message, email, social media and through the SafeCats mobile app.

Additional information

Last updated: Dec. 21, 2023