Emergency Alerts

When an incident takes place on campus that may represent a continuing threat, OU Police will notify the campus community in a timely manner.  Because no single system is capable of reaching everyone, everywhere, every time, OU Police maintains several different ways to communicate a message in an emergency.  Together these systems create the OU Alert Notification System.  Methods of communication are chosen based on the individual situation or incident.

One or more of the following methods will be used to convey information during an emergency:

  • Posting on OU Police home page
  • Posting on OU home page
  • Posting to Oakland University social media (Facebook/Twitter)
  • Text message alert to registered cell phone numbers
  • Posting on interior digital signs
  • Broadcast e-mail to all student, faculty and staff OU addresses
  • Broadcast voicemail to all campus phones
  • Notification of campus operator
  • Broadcast on campus-wide outdoor public address system
  • Loudspeaker systems in patrolling police cars
  • Posting of flyers on doors throughout campus
  • Word of mouth
  • Notification of media outlets including:
    • WJBK-TV FOX 2
    • WDIV-TV Channel 4
    • WXYZ-TV Channel 7
    • WJR AM 760
    • WWJ AM 950

Keep in mind that while crisis communications are sent as immediately as possible, text, email, and voicemail broadcast delivery methods may be impeded by delayed delivery due to technological shortfalls. Therefore, the best place to receive the most up-to-date information during or following a campus emergency is the OU Police home page. Updates to the website become visible immediately.

Receiving Emergency Alerts
For Students & Employees
For Parents & Community Members