NY-Alert Frequently Asked Question
NY-ALERT is an emergency alert system established by the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO). SUNY campuses can use the NY-ALERT system to send emergency and safety information and protective action messages, to students, employees, and visitors to protect lives and well-being, protect assets and minimize campus disruption.
At this time only Geneseo students, faculty and staff can sign up for NY-Alert. We are working on procedures to allow others with an affiliation to Geneseo to sign up.
No. The names and contact information of individuals who sign-up for NY-ALERT throughout the week are submitted on Monday afternoons after 4 p.m. If you sign-up after the list is sent, your name and information will be sent the following Monday. This is the procedure that SUNY established with SEMO.
No. NY-ALERT is being provided as a FREE service to campuses so there is no enrollment fee. However, specific contract details are still being worked out with cell/text service providers, so airtime charges may apply for some participants.
Students can update their information anytime through KnightWeb and updates will be put into affect after 4 p.m. on Monday afternoons. Emergency Alert Contact Information (NY-Alert) is available from the KnightWeb Personal Information Menu. Faculty and staff can reenter their information by visiting the SUNY Employee Services Portal. Review and update of faculty and staff emergency information is not available at this time; reentry is the only update mechanism.
No. Students are required to complete the KnightWeb NY-Alert survey once each semester but participation in NY-ALert is voluntary and strongly encouraged. Students can choose to opt out through the KnightWeb NY-Alert survey.
Students are not required to sign up more than once but are required to confirm their emergency information once each semester. At this time faculty and staff are not required to sign up again.
The NY-ALERT system can be used only by authorized campus personnel to send emergency messages, including emergency protective actions, warnings and post-incident information related to life safety issues to the campus community. NY-ALERT will not be used by any party for any political, financial or personal gain, advertisement or advocacy. All parties that use NY-ALERT will adhere to the professional ethics standards promulgated by the State of New York.
Alert notifications are allowed pertaining only to events in the categories identified below or other "life threatening" situations. "All Clear" and/or additional follow-up messages pertaining to end of event or additional instructions regarding the event are acceptable. General notifications of campus non-emergency events or activities are not acceptable via the NY-ALERT service.
Classification and Acceptable Usage:
No. SUNY NY-ALERT will augment the other means, which include emails, Website, television, posters, etc.
Yes. The College plans to conduct a full test of all Emergency Communications Systems twice annually. Testing is typically done once each semester.
Geneseo Students: Annually (in the Fall) students will be given the opportunity to continue, modify or delete their subscription with NY-Alert. At any time students can unsubscribe through the Personal Information Menu within KnightWeb.
If you have additional questions, please contact any of the following individuals for answers:
Assistant Chief, University Police
Dean of Students
Chief Information Officer & Director, CIT