03/11/2008

Ill. campus begins text "e-lert" system

Elizabeth Donald
Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The new text alert system at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville went live last week, as professors reconsider a long-standing no-cell-phone policy in classes.

In the first two hours, more than 1,000 people had signed up for the text alert system that will send them an emergency message if there is an emergency, such as a school shooting or a natural disaster. As of lunchtime, 1,800 had signed up.

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