AU Changes Alert System After Complaints

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University has made changes to its emergency notification system, which drew complaints that it wasn't
used quickly enough after a student's killing and that it was used too much during recent severe weather.

The University Senate voted yesterday to avoid using AU Alert for severe weather watches, unless a system could have a significant impact on campus.

The system was implemented last November. It is intended to provide e-mails, text and voice messages to registered phone numbers and e-mail addresses when emergency situations require immediate action.

The slaying of 18-year-old freshman Lauren Burk on March 4th prompted university officials to use it to warn of other emergencies.

AU President Dr. Jay Gogue said he pushed for the weather alerts on Friday because he wanted to warn any faculty or students who may have been out in the impending storm.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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