Guidelines for Use of Missouri State Alert

Missouri State University has established an emergency mass notification system, known as "Missouri State Alert," on the Springfield and West Plains campuses. This system will enable Missouri State to communicate with students, faculty, and staff by using a number of contact methods, greatly increasing the likelihood that emergency messages will be delivered and received in a timely manner.

The "Missouri State Alert" system will only be used in the following situations:

  • Immediate threat/violent situation on campus
  • Security alert
  • University closings, early dismissal, delayed start
  • Severe weather alerts*
  • Other emergency situations of an extreme nature
  • Periodic testing of the system

The system will not be used for advertisements, marketing messages, or to communicate campus or community events. Subscription information obtained from registration will not be shared.

*Missouri State University-West Plains only sends severe weather alerts during the hours and time periods when classes are in session. 

Use of the "Missouri State Alert" system on the Springfield campus may be authorized by the following individuals: 

  • President
  • Vice President for Administrative Services
  • Director, Department of Safety and Transportation

Use of the "Missouri State Alert" system on the West Plains campus may be authorized by the following individuals:

  • Chancellor
  • Dean of Student Services—Primary
  • Director of University Communications—Primary Backup
  • Coordinator of Student Life and Development—Secondary
  • Acting Dean of the College—Secondary Backup 

Presidential Approval:  June 18, 2012