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University leaders review MU Alert protocol

MU works to improve alert system

COLUMBIA, Mo. - On Thursday, administrators and the MU faculty council went over ways to improve communication during emergency situations on Mizzou's campus.

Discussions happened after some buildings were put on lockdown Wednesday.  An alert was sent out notifying students and staff about an investigation involving a woman with a gun on campus.

Leaders said at Thursday's faculty council meeting there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the alert sent out.  Not only was there a lot of confusion during the ordeal, but some people said they didn't know if the alert was real, or a drill.

Members of the council said the lockdown protocol needs to be reviewed again because the first alert posted did not have much details as to what was going on.

On Thursday, Vice Chancellor of Operations, Gary Ward, sent a letter to the Mizzou community stating that leaders will meet with various groups to develop a policy to handle class attendance in emergency situations and improve training to avoid future confusion.

Mizzou's twitter page tweeted out a message saying, "Anyone can immediately text "Follow MUalert" to 40404 to get texts of MU alerts twitter message without having a twitter account to get updates."


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