College and university campuses, like any busy neighborhood, are not exempt from crime. However, students, faculty and staff can make this special community a safe place to live, learn, and work by taking common sense precautions, being alert and looking out for others. Please remind your student that her/his safety is a personal responsibility. One should always do what is best under the circumstances, and above all, stay alert and be cautious. Even so, students should be aware that confrontations can occur without provocation, through no fault of their own. When such confrontations do occur, they should seek support after the incident. Victims of incidents of confrontation and assault can benefit from support services after the incident.
In the event of a campus crisis, a health alert, or a severe weather advisory, Texas A&M University has systems for responding. If you are interested in learning more, you might reference these web pages below:
Code Maroon is Texas A&M University's emergency notification system. Code Maroon uses multiple notification methods in a best effort to reach campus members in an emergency – by SMS text message, Texas A&M Email (Neo), KAMU-FM radio, campus cable television, Emergency Alert System radios, computer alerts, classroom alerts, Twitter and RSS.
The Code Maroon web site now contains instructions regarding how to receive instant SMS updates every time a Code Maroon announcement is sent out:
The instructions are simple and do not require a Twitter account to complete:
This not only removes the delay associated with our automated script picking up the tweets and sending them out (approximately a 5-10 minute delay), but also removes the expense required on our end to provide this service, which Twitter can provide for free as part of their existing cellular contracts.