Public Safety

DawgAlert

In the event of a campus emergency, weather-related delay or closing, Butler University will activate the emergency notification tool, DawgAlert. This system gives Butler administrators the ability to reach students, faculty and staff on and off campus via text messages and voice and email alerts.

Helpful tips for entering your contact information

  • Sign up is easy. Follow these simple steps.

    1) Go to my.butler.edu

     2) Login with yourButlerusername and password

     3) Use the following navigation once in my.butler.edu

    My Info tab > DawgAlert

     4) The following information can be added to your profile

    • Three email addresses in addition to your Butler email which is defaulted and cannot be changed or removed from your profile.
    • Three phone numbers.
    • One text message number or SMS

    5) Click "Save Contact Info" before exiting the page

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DawgAlert? Show Answer

DawgAlert gives University administrators the ability to reach students, faculty and staff on and off campus with a clear, consistent message. This system will broadcast information to any communication device - work phone, cell phone, home phone, email and PDAs. It can send up to 150,000 30-second phone calls and 125,000 text messages in 15 minutes.

DawgAlert complements the tools the University already has in place to communicate during emergencies and weather-related delays and closings. These tools include: InformaCast voice and text message phone alerts, web alerts on www.butler.edu, all-campus email and voicemail alerts and announcements through the news media.

How does DawgAlert differ from InformaCast? Show Answer

They are both emergency notification tools. The difference is DawgAlert can send messages to any phone - work, home or cell - while InformaCast can only send messages to a Cisco IP phone. Cisco IP phones are located in all the faculty/staff offices and in each residence hall office.

During an emergency both DawgAlert and InformaCast will be activated to ensure the Butler community is notified of the situation.

Who is eligible to sign up for emergency notifications? Show Answer

All undergraduate and graduate students, and full-time and part-time faculty and staff can sign up.

I'm a new student, when can I enroll? Show Answer

Students entering in the fall can enroll starting Aug. 1. Students entering at the start of the spring semester can enroll starting Jan. 1.

How long will my information stay in the system? Show Answer

A student's information will stay in the system until graduation or he/she is no longer enrolled at Butler. Faculty and staff who have left the University will be removed automatically shortly after their departure. Since adjunct faculty come on and off payroll they will remain in the system until they personally remove their information.

If at anytime you don't want to receive DawgAlert messages just delete the information in your profile. Please know your Butler email is a default and cannot be removed from your profile. You will continue to receive messages at this address even after you remove your other contact information.

Who should I contact if I forget my password? Show Answer

Contact the Help Desk at (317) 940-4357 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Can I enter my parents' or spouse's contact information to my profile? Show Answer

Yes. You may enter contact information for parents or spouses in the phone and email fields. Please note that during any emergency, all the numbers/emails in your profile will be contacted.

Will my cellular phone automatically receive text messages? Show Answer

You will receive a text message only if you enter information into the text message/SMS field.

Is there a charge for signing up? Show Answer

While there is no charge for signing up for DawgAlert, your cell phone provider may charge a fee for delivery of text messages based on your current calling plan.

Other members of the Butler community received an emergency notification message, but I did not. Show Answer

First, check to see that your contact information is current. If your contact information is up-to-date and you are still experiencing problems, call (317) 940-4357.

Can Butler affiliates sign up for DawgAlert? Show Answer

Most affiliate groupware not included in the system. If you fall into this category make sure your supervisor has your contact information. Supervisors will receive emergency notifications and are expected to ensure all of their staff is informed.

What if my cell phone is off when an emergency notification goes out? Show Answer

It is important to list a local phone number in case your cell phone is not operational.

How often will I receive messages? Show Answer

You will receive a message anytime there is an emergency. The University also plans to conduct a full test of the system once each semester. However, the University reserves the right to conduct additional testing based on upgrades to the systems. The campus community will be notified about tests before they are conducted.

Will I receive information other than emergency alerts and weather-related emergencies, delays and closings? Show Answer

No. Currently, the University only intends to use the notification system for emergency situations and weather-related emergencies, delays and closings.

What steps are taken to ensure the information I submit is secure? Show Answer

The contact information submitted is protected by multiple layers of physical and technological security. Access to that data is limited to authorized University staff in the Butler's police department, Information Resources and University Relations.