The University places a high priority on the personal safety and security of everyone on the Southeast Missouri State University campus, and communication plays a critical role during emergency situations. Southeast uses a multi-layered toolbox for providing information to faculty, staff and students during emergencies and crimes that occur close to or on our campuses. Those avenues of communication include the following:
Southeast employs an emergency mass notification system called SE Alerts. It is a powerful platform that can send notifications via a mobile app, text messages, emails, computer desktop notifications and telephone voice mail. SE Alerts is an opt out system that will send messages to students, faculty and staff during situations of urgent need and during times that pose a threat to the campus community. Visit semo.edu/SEalerts to verify your number on file with the University and to add up to four additional personal, spouse, family or parent emails to receive notifications.
Computer desktop notifications allow the University to send messages to all computers connected to the University network almost instantly, informing constituents at the main and regional campuses with SE Alerts messages.
The official SE Alerts emergency website for the University is semo.edu/SEalerts. All available confirmed information will be posted on this website as soon as it is available. Faculty, staff and students who receive SE Alerts text messages and emails will be directed to this website for additional information.
Watch for the yellow alert bar at the top of the University’s website, semo.edu, which will convey important emergency communication during critical events.
When University operations are closed during urgent events, such as winter weather or utility outages, visit semo.edu/closings for specific information on operating hours of campus facilities. The website will note whether facilities are operating on normal hours, limited hours or are closed for various academic and campus life areas, computer labs, dining facilities, regional campuses and off-campus education sites.
The Southeast portal, located at portal.semo.edu, can be accessed by all students, faculty and staff. Emergency notifications will be posted under the Announcements section.
The following television and radio stations in the region serve as outstanding resources for current news and emergency information. Their channel information, dial positions and websites can be found here.
The Department of Public Safety will sound a siren in the event of a tornado warning. The outdoor warning system also may be activated with voice announcements during emergency situations. These announcements are conveyed via a public address system. The indoor emergency announcement system allows emergency messages to be deployed inside residence halls and select academic buildings. Indoor systems are networked with the outdoor warning system and are deployed the same way as the outdoor system with the same messages.
The campus telephone voice mail system allows for mass messages to be sent to campus landline phones in faculty and staff offices.
Southeast has installed direct ring RED emergency telephones on each floor of every academic building. In case of an emergency, faculty, staff or students can use the RED phones as a direct link to the University’s Department of Public Safety.
In addition, there are approximately 30 BLUE light Emergency Call Boxes along the Lighted Corridor and other locations around campus. Anyone with a genuine emergency may use the BLUE call boxes by pressing the red “HELP” button on the call box.
Evacuation route signs are posted in University buildings to aid with building evacuation. Also posted near the evacuation routes are emergency quick reference charts that provide basic response and guidance for common emergencies.
SE Alerts is the official SE Alerts emergency social media Facebook account for the University to inform and alert the campus community. It can be found at facebook.com/SoutheastAlerts. This official account will be monitored during emergency situations by University officials.
SE Alerts is the official SE Alerts emergency social media Twitter account for the University to inform and alert the campus community. It can be found @SoutheastAlerts. This official account will be monitored during emergency situations.
To contact University Police, fire or ambulance, dial 911.
To contact the Department of Public Safety at Southeast, dial (573) 651-2215.
Because cell phones will not always connect to the closest 911 call center, it is recommended to program the University Police 24-hour Emergency Number into your cell phone: (573) 651-2911. Call this number to report a campus emergency or crime from your cell phone to ensure the quickest response.