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Campus Text Alerts Not Catching On

Campus Text Alerts Not Catching OnAfter last year's Virginia Tech shooting, many thought that an automated text alert system, something that would fire instant messages to every person on campus, could have saved lives. So, naturally, there was quick adoption of such systems by campuses across the country. Unfortunately, though, the students and faculty on those campuses haven't been quite so eager to jump on board.

When a school adopts these systems, students and faculty have to voluntarily provide a mobile number upon which to receive these messages. Surveys are showing on-campus adoption rates hovering at somewhere between 30-40%, meaning less than half of the people affected will be capable of receiving emergency messages and updates.

40% of people being informed is certainly much better than the handful who knew what was going on at VT last spring, but it's a far cry from the instant awareness these systems advertise.

From USA Today

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