University Response

Miami has adopted a Crisis Management Plan to continue business in the event of an emergency. From feeding and housing students to preserving academic functions, numerous procedures have been established to ensure restoration of university functions as soon as possible following a significant disruption. The plan also provides for the protection and survival of our students, faculty, and staff.


In the event of an emergency, Miami will strive to provide communication to all members of its community via various means:

Web page

Urgent safety messages and long-term incident updates will be posted to  Miami's homepage and to myMiami.

Text messaging, email, university telephones 

Students, staff, and faculty email addresses and Banner-listed cell phone numbers are registered in the Emergency Text Messaging System for receiving text alerts and emails. 

The university also sends VoIP phone messages across Oxford and regional campuses. 

Parents can receive emailed updates via the Emergency Contact Listserv. (Students must register parents for this service and can do so through myMiami by choosing the "Emergency Contact Information" link within the Web Page Index.)

Campus Status Telephone Line

513-529-1809 is the university information line during the work week. A campus status line, 513-529-9000, provides information on changes to class schedules or campus closure caused by weather or an unexpected event.

Digital signs, computer monitors

Urgent safety messages can be sent to numerous digital monitors and university-owned computer monitors when they are simultaneously sent via text and email.

Outdoor emergency towers

In addition to enabling a person to instantly talk with Miami police, the blue-light towers' speakers broadcast vocal alerts to about 500 feet distance as part of the university’s Oxford emergency notification system, collectively covering a large outdoor area.

Local TV and radio stations

Campus closures and other information are carried by local TV and radio stations, including WMUB (88.5 FM), as needed.


In addition to university texts and emails, student leaders and landlords help deliver safety information to off-campus students.


Institutional Response Team (IRT)
This task force consists of professionals representing a broad range of offices and expertise on campus, including the university police chief and the dean of students. The IRT meets monthly to monitor campus incidents and climate, and remains poised to respond in a variety of campus situations. In the event of an emergency, the IRT may call upon the Crisis Management Team (see below) to handle the immediate crisis and manage its aftermath.

Crisis Management Team (CMT)
In the event of an emergency, the Crisis Management Team carries out the Crisis Management Plan. This group, which includes representatives from the Office of the President and University Police, among others, oversees a variety of operations, such as crisis communications, information technology, and utility/facility restoration.