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Emergency Communications Protocol

Danforth Campus

In the event of a campus emergency or criminal activity affecting Washington University in St. Louis, a notification will be sent to the campus community. The type of notification, the modes in which distributed, as well as the recipients, will vary depending on the nature of the incident.

WashUAlert (Emergency Notification)

These alerts are sent in the event of emergencies that pose an immediate threat to the campus community, in life-threatening situations and when safety of the members of the WashU community could be in serious danger. WashUAlerts will contain guidance for taking protective actions. If you receive a WashUAlert, TAKE ACTION. 

WashUAlerts are always sent to the WUSTL app, WashUReady’s Facebook page and Twitter page, in addition to more traditional methods.

Examples: Approaching tornado, person with a weapon on campus

Crime Alerts (Timely Warnings)

This type of notification provide warnings of criminal activity that has been reported to WUPD or Protective Services and has occurred on campus or contiguous to campus, or on other University property. The criminal activity is believed to present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Crime alerts are sent when pertinent information is available to univeristy law enforcement.

Examples: Rash of burglaries on campus property

Security Memos

This notification informs members of the community or selected groups within the community of criminal activity that has recently occurred and has been reported to WUPD or Protective Services. Thecriminal activity does not pose an immediate or continuing threat and may only affect a segment of our population. 

Example: Robbery in Delmar Loop 

Informational Bulletins

This notification informs or provides additional information to members of the community of incidents that may not directly impact them, but due to rumor control or other considerations it would be appropriate to provide the campus community additional information. Informational bulletins may be sent by entities outside of law enforcement.

Example: A crime alert was previously sent due to a rash of burglaries, as a follow up, an informational bulletin was sent after the suspects were apprehendedĀ