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11/9/2007 —

 

In the event of an emergency, Penn State York may need to communicate with students or those designated by students as their emergency contacts, so this fall the University is working to ensure it has accurate contact information for all students. Now that this information has been compiled, Penn State is initiating the students' subscriptions to PSUTXT, the University's text-message alert system. 

This messaging system was used recently at Penn State York when classes were cancelled in the Main Classroom Building due to a suspected gas leak.  This system will also be used during the winter for campus closings, snow schedule delays, and other incidents that may impact the campus community.  The system will be used for emergencies only.

“If there is an emergency situation on campus, students will be instantly notified,” said Bill Vangreen, director of safety and security at Penn State York.   “This is one more tool in our communication system at Penn State York and throughout the University that can help us keep students safe and well informed.  Students should definitely sign-up for the text messaging system.”

Students not already subscribed to PSUTXT will be subscribed automatically, using the cell phone information they have entered in eLion, beginning Monday, Oct. 8.

Students will know that the subscription was initiated when they receive a four-digit verification code from e2Campus on their cell phone. At that point, students need to log into PSUTXT by going to http://live.psu.edu/psutxt. Once at the login site, students use their access account ID as the username, and the four-digit verification code as the password. Logging in this way will complete the subscription, and the student then will be able to set individual account preferences.

PSUTXT, a one-way communications tool designed to get emergency information to subscribers, was initiated in August 2006 as one means of emergency communication to the University community. The system is used in conjunction with Penn State Newswires and the Penn State Live Web site. Subscription to PSUTXT is free, although individual cell phone carriers may charge for text messaging.

For more information, e-mail AMountz@psu.edu and include PSUTXT in the subject line.

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