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Dear Students and Parents,

Tufts University is committed to creating one of the most dynamic environments for learning and research in the world. An integral component of this mission is protecting the safety and welfare of our students. Crises on campuses across the nation have taught us that emergency preparedness and effective communication systems are critical to maintaining a reasonably safe environment.

To this end, Tufts has implemented the Tufts Emergency Alert System. This system is designed to notify individuals in the Tufts community within minutes of activation by distributing simultaneous alerts to cell phones, e-mail, text messaging devices, landline phones, and pagers.

In order to receive these alerts, students must register with the system. Students will receive registration instructions via their Tufts email account on Tuesday August 21.

Tufts has always taken campus safety seriously. The Tufts Emergency Alert System is one component of our comprehensive approach for responding to critical incidents in and around campus. To learn more about emergency preparedness and safety on campus, all incoming students attend “Operation Awareness,” an orientation session presented by members of the university’s accredited police department.

In the event of a crisis, the university may also post special alerts on www.tufts.edu. Please take a moment to learn more about our professional safety team and emergency preparedness on the “Safety Information for Parents” web page located at http://publicsafety.tufts.edu/parents/.

And again, please help us – ALL STUDENTS should register for the Tufts Emergency Alert System.

Sincerely,

Geoffrey Bartlett
Director of Emergency Management

Bruce Reitman
Dean of Student Affairs