What is Bison Alert?
Bison Alert is a messaging system that allows Lipscomb University to communicate with members of the campus community quickly in the event of an emergency.
What is e2Campus?
e2Campus is the company that is contracted to provide the Bison Alert system. When you sign up for the Bison Alert system, you will be directed to their Web site for part of the process.
Is Bison Alert just for cell phones?
Bison Alert system can send messages to any device that can receive text messages through cellular service, such as cell phones, text pagers, BlackBerrys, and some wireless PDAs. In addition, you can also opt to have the messages sent to your e-mail address.
When will I get a Bison Alert message?
The university has created a well-defined set of situations that would prompt a Bison Alert message. Bison Alert will only be activated when there is a critical need to transmit urgent information to the campus community. Here are some examples:
- Ongoing safety threats in which an armed or dangerous criminal is at large on campus.
- Major facility emergencies or evacuations. This may include a large scale gas leak, fire, or hazardous material spill, occurring either on campus or near enough to campus to cause a credible threat to members of the campus community.
- Severe weather or illness. This may include a threat from a tornado requiring those on campus to take shelter, a closing due to anticipated weather issues, or an outbreak of widespread illness on campus.
- Timely notification of crime. Though not all on-campus crime incidents will be reported via the Bison Alert system in addition to Lipscomb's usual methods, those that represent a possible threat to campus safety will be communicated through Bison Alert.
How can I get more information once I receive an Bison Alert message?
Due to the limitations of text messaging, Bison Alert messages will be very brief and contain vital and immediate information. More information about a Bison Alert message will be made available through the other forms of communication available to the university, including messages posted to www.lipscomb.edu, broadcast e-mails, and announcements to local media.
Will I get advertising messages from Bison Alert?
No. Bison Alert will not be used to deliver any kind of advertising content, and mobile numbers will not be shared with any third parties.
Can my parents or guardian subscribe to Bison Alert?
The university has arranged for a limited number of subscriptions only for Lipscomb students, faculty and staff members. However, you may have your child sign you up as an additional phone number on their account.
Does signing up for Bison Alert cost me anything?
There is no cost to sign up for Bison Alert. The only charges you incur would be the normal fees charged by your mobile service provider for receiving text messages.
Why is Bison Alert necessary?
The university has a wide variety of methods to communicate with members of the campus community. In recent years, the number of mobile telephones has dramatically increased, and text messaging has become a key method to reach people immediately. The Bison Alert service allows the university to use the most up-to-date communication method to reach students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency in addition to the university's other established communication methods.
What if I don't have a cell phone or my cell phone doesn't have text messaging?
Bison Alert is just one of the communication channels used in the event of an emergency. It is not replacing any of our other previous methods of communication. It is building on those existing methods to keep up with the latest technology used by many members of our community.
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