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Emergency text alerts not reaching most students on UW campuses

Low participation rates have officials considering mandatory signup

7:19 AM, Apr. 29, 2013
UW-Green Bay is among the state's campuses using an opt-in text alert system, with a voluntary sign-up rate of 33 percent.
UW-Green Bay is among the state's campuses using an opt-in text alert system, with a voluntary sign-up rate of 33 percent.
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In the wake of campus shootings the past five years, police throughout the nation are using text alerts to deliver warnings and advice to students in emergency situations.

Only three of the University of Wisconsin System's 13 four-year campuses - Platteville, Stevens Point and Parkside - have more than half of students, faculty and staff signed up to receive text alerts, according to a review by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

UW-Platteville achieves nearly total participation through automatic enrollment. Students cough up their cell phone numbers when they apply ...

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