Emergency Notification and Response

In the event of an emergency, contact Miami University Police at 911 to initiate the emergency messaging system.

Emergency Messaging System—Notification of an Immediate Threat

Miami University maintains multiple systems for alerting the Miami community about campus emergencies and will use some or all of those systems, depending on the circumstances. The university has contracted with Omnilert's e2Campus system to provide emergency notification services to the university community via cell phone text messages and email. These notices also post to the university homepage, portal, and police page. The Miami Emergency Text Messaging System is available to all Miami University students, faculty, and staff.

To receive this service, individuals must sign up through the University Police at www.units.muohio.edu/psf/police/emergencytextmessaging.

In addition, in the case of an emergency the university can activate an alert service on its telephone system to send notice to all administrative phones on one or all campuses. The university may also elect to alert the media. All Miami University Police vehicles are equipped with bullhorns.

Emergency messaging will primarily be used only for those situations that pose an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus or for the closing of an entire campus (i.e., severe weather, chemical spills, fires, and crimes). Messages about criminal activity generally will not be sent using these systems unless it is decided there is an imminent threat of danger. In those cases where a crime has been reported and University Police determine that although there is no immediate threat the crime represents a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community, a Crime Alert will be issued, as described above.

The emergency messaging system is provided in addition to existing emergency notification procedures and does not replace or eliminate any other emergency notification system (e.g., fire alarms, tornado sirens).

Miami will generally provide follow-up information to the community as appropriate via the university's website and has a system to e-mail Oxford students’ landlords if appropriate. Miami also provides information to parents via the Parents Office, which may choose to send e-mails and/or post information on the Parents Office website, depending on circumstances.

Emergency Response Procedures

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the University Police, and the News and Public Information Office receive information from various offices and departments on campus. If the Miami Police or one of these offices confirms there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all of the members of the campus community, the Police and Office of News and Public Information will determine the content of the message and either or both entities will use some or all of the methods described above to communicate to the campus community or appropriate segment of the campus community.

The emergency messaging system may be initiated from on-campus and from remote locations. Miami will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the emergency message and initiate the emergency messaging system, unless issuing a message will, in the judgment of the Miami University Police or other responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency situation.

For guidance on response to a variety of potential dangers, see Emergency Procedures (www.miami.muohio.edu/emergency/index.cfm?muslider=2).

Additional Communication

In the event of a significant on-campus emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty, or staff, the university will also post information on its homepage (www.muohio.edu). The university has access to an off-campus back-up server in the event the university’s computing services fail during an emergency.

Miami's News and Public Information Office is charged with notifying the media in the event of an emergency. Updated information will be posted to the university’s website and provided to the media.

Annual Publication

General information about the University's response and evacuation procedures is publicized each year as part of its Campus Safety Report, which is published as part of its compliance with the Clery Act.