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Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings

The Dean of Students consults with the Director of Public Safety regarding crimes affecting the community to determine the need for a timely warning. The Dean of Students is the approval authority for posting timely warnings. Timely warnings of serious crimes are conveyed to the community through the Emergency Notification System. Certain other crime alerts may also be prepared by the Director of Public Safety and distributed to all students, staff and faculty via email and posters. These crime alerts contain a brief description of the incident; the date, time, and location of the incident; and precautions to take. The amount and type of information presented in the warning will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. A warning that could jeopardize a criminal investigation will not include information that would jeopardize the investigation. The Director and the Dean will determine if a timely warning is necessary and the alerts are generally written and distributed to the community by the Director of Public Safety or Dean of Students depending on method of distribution. In the case of an emergency or other urgent event, students, faculty, and staff may be contacted through a variety of methods. These may include: Blackboard Connect, telephone, text message, email, courier (direct notification through staff), local media, campus websites, community postings, flat screen panels, and loud speaker to communicate timely warnings

The College has implemented an Emergency Notification System in conjunction with Blackboard Connect to enhance the College's ability to reach all students, faculty, and staff with time-sensitive information during unforeseen events or emergencies. The system uses voice, e-mail, and text messaging to allow the College to provide pertinent information and details on appropriate responses during critical situations. We encourage members of the campus community to take advantage of the opportunity to provide multiple contact options.
  • Voice notification messages will appear to be from "617-236-8800".
  • SMS text will appear to be from SMS@blackboard.com.
  • Email messages will be sent from "FISHER COLLEGE email@blackboardconnect.com".
 
Please ‚Äčensure you are registered here to receive these notifications. Should you need to update your contact information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 617-236-8825 or registrar@fisher.edu to make sure your current information is on file.
 
The Dean of Students and Director of Public Safety consult with other Fisher College administrators, local first responders, and/or the National Weather Service to confirm that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the Fisher College community. The Dean of Students and Director of Public Safety will collaborate to determine the content of the message and appropriate segments of the campus community that should receive the notification. The Dean of Students and the Director of Public Safety will use some or all of the systems described above to communicate the threat to the Fisher College community or to the appropriate segment of the community, if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. Fisher College will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community and the impact on the efforts to respond to the emergency, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of the first responders compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise respond to the emergency.
  
 

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