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Emergency Notifications

The university employs a variety of methods to notify the campus community of dangerous situations and major interruptions in campus operations. The goal is to inform a community, not every individual by every means available. The campus community is asked to spread UT Alerts to others and take protective action for your safety.


A general message notifying of a situation which requires immediate attention. Text alerts are limited by characters so the information is very general. The goal is to make you aware of the nature of the incident so you can take appropriate action. Text speed is not as fast as you are used to because of the large volume being delivered by the UT Alert systemThis alert can be distributed by:

  • Mobile Devices (Call/Text)
  • Email
  • Desktop and Laptop Computers attached to the UTHSC domain

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Rave Guardian Mobile Device App

The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App feature known as the ‘Safety Timer’ is a powerful personal safety tool. The Safety Timer allows friends and Campus Safety personnel to check the status of an app user in need. If the user does not deactivate the Safety Timer before the time expires, the student app automatically alerts Campus Safety. This app can be downloaded at:

  • Google Play
  • Apple App Store


Information may also be provided through local media outlets. These may help provide awareness but should not be considered an official source of information. There is a tendency to favor speed over accuracy which can lead to confusion.

Examples of emergencies that will result in UT Alert activations:

  • Fires
  • Tornado warnings
  • Campus closures and delays (winter storm)
  • Active Shooter
  • Utility outages (power, network)
  • Evacuations
  • Criminal activity

Last Published: Nov 27, 2017