iAlert information for Students

What is the Washburn iAlert mass notification system?

The iAlert system will serve as Washburn University’s  primary means of communication during an campus emergency or special situation.  iAlert technology enables Washburn to send voice, e-mail and text messages to students, faculty, staff and other contacts such as parents and spouses, to telephone numbers you choose. Whenever a message is broadcast the message is always sent to all Washburn email addresses. You can also choose to receive these messages via telephone.  To review the telephone numbers, you have selected to receive voice and text messages at, please go to the following site  iAlert Preferences Portal and login using your MyWashburn username and password.  In the event of a life threatening emergency both a voice message and a text message will be sent to cell phone numbers. A voice mail message will be left if there is no answer. If the number is entered as a landline phone you will only receive a voice message. No text messages are sent to landline phones. In the event  all classes are cancelled or the University is closed due to inclement weather, a text message will be sent to all cellular phone numbers. Voice messages are not sent for closing announcements.  An e-mail will be automatically sent to your Washburn e-mail account.

Why do I need to register for this service?

If you only want to receive an email you do not need to register at all because your email address is already enrolled. If you want to receive messages through SMS (text messaging) or via voice messaging you will need to enroll your telephone number by going to the following website  iAlert Preferences Portal and logging in using your MyWashburn username and password. You should be aware of the importance of personal safety and need to assume the responsibility of updating and verifying your registered numbers for iAlert. You need to be informed as quickly as possible in the event of a campus emergency or special situation so you can take appropriate actions in response to the event.

How do I register?

If you only wish to receive the message via email you do not have to do anything, you are already enrolled!  If you would like to receive the messages via a telephone call or text message, please go to the following website  iAlert Preferences Portal and login using your MyWashburn user name and password.  From there you will be able to add or remove telephone contact numbers.

How can I update my information once I have registered?

Go to the registration portal at the following website  iAlert Preferences Portal and you will be able to make any changes you want to.  You can make changes at anytime. However, please note it can take up to 24 hours for the changes to take effect.  

Will iAlert let me know if the campus is closed due to inclement weather?

Only Text messages and emails will be sent to notify you of campus closings due to inclement weather because such notices are typically issued at approximately 5 a.m.  If you enrolled only a landline telephone number you will not receive a call about campus closings.

Does Washburn correct my personal contact information if it is not accurate?

No. Information entered remains inaccurate until you make the correction.

Will my contact information for iAlert be used to update any other information systems?

No. The contact information you provide will not be used to for any other purpose.

Will there be tests of the iAlert notification system?

Yes. The system will be tested periodically. Advance notification will be issued to alert you of the upcoming test.

When will my iAlert account be deactivated?

Your registration will be deactivated when you are no longer enrolled as a student at Washburn.


Please contact Public Relations at 785.670.1154.

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