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AU Emergency Response Update

Posted by on February 19, 2019

AU LogoIn the aftermath of the workplace shooting tragedy that occurred at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora on 15 February 2019, we are conducting a thorough review of the university’s response to the incident. We are paying close attention to the comments and perspectives of both students and parents. Campus listening sessions and personal phone calls with parents proved to be especially valuable sources of information. In addition, we have begun the process of communicating with external experts. Based upon this feedback, here are the steps we are taking now:

Going forward, the university will send an alert as soon as we are notified of a police emergency within a two-mile radius of the campus. We will rely upon the AU Alert emergency texting system to communicate. Information also will be available via the website.

AU students, faculty, and staff automatically receive emergency alerts via email. You can also receive alerts via text messaging. If you are a student or faculty/staff member and are not currently receiving AU Alert text messages, you can go to WebAdvisor (“Address Change” link) and register your cell phone number. Others, including family members, can register their cell phone number at aurora.edu/alerts.

The university will engage law enforcement and campus safety experts to review AU emergency policies with lock down procedures as the first subject on the agenda.

We understand this to be a complicated matter in a setting with multiple buildings and a large number of people coming and going frequently from the campus. In order to provide immediate assurance to students, we will synchronize our lock down practices with those of the local school district until the review has been completed and new AU-specific requirements are put in place.

The university will keep the AU community advised of the outcomes of this review via the website, social media, and written updates.