New Emergency Communication System in Place
Over the summer, Bryn Mawr implemented a new emergency communication system to provide immediate information to students, faculty, staff, parents and other interested parties in the event of any campus emergency. The College has purchased a system called e2Campus to provide electronic communications in any of several formats, including telephone text messaging, e-mail and RSS feeds.
Registration (at http://www.brynmawr.edu/emergency/e2Campus.shtml) is free and takes only a few minutes. If you plan to register for mobile-phone text messages, you should have your phone with you when you register; the service will send you a confirmation number that is required to complete the form.
Any emergency message sent through e2Campus will appear on the Bryn Mawr Web site's gateway pages for current students, faculty, staff and parents; the system will be used to communicate information about weather and transportation as well as emergencies. The College has also purchased a siren that can be used to notify community members of emergencies.
Phone Registration and E-mail Forwarding for Students
According to Chief Operations Officer Jerry Berenson, communicating with students has become more difficult as they have embraced cell phones rather than the College's phone system. For the first time this year, the College will not assign dorm-room telephones unless students request them. The College strongly urges all students who use cell phones to register them with the College to ensure that the College can communicate both routine and urgent information to them. To register a telephone number, visit http://virtual.brynmawr.edu and follow the steps below:
- Under "Self-Service," click on "Student Center" and then click the link to the Biographical Update Form.
- Update your preferred contact phone number (may be a mobile phone number) and emergency contact information. Be sure to indicate which phone number should be included in the campus directory: dorm or mobile phone. If you choose to register a dorm phone, you must visit Telephone Services to activate your room phone.
Berenson notes that e-mail is also used for many important communications from the College. He recommends that students who prefer an outside e-mail service to their Bryn Mawr accounts have their Bryn Mawr e-mail forwarded. To initiate e-mail forwarding, go to http://www.brynmawr.edu/computing/docs/e-mailforward.shtml.
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