Seconds count in an emergency. Lafayette College uses Leopard Alerts to quickly notify students, employees, and registered parents and neighbors in the event of an emergency on or close to campus, or a weather-related emergency.
Leopard Alerts are currently shared through email (and text for those who registered). Faculty and staff also get alerts through the computer assigned to their use, as well as lab computers and smart classroom computers. Public Safety and ITS have been working with departments across campus to improve the Leopard Alerts process.
Starting Aug. 1, 2023, Leopard Alerts will rely on the cellphone number stored in Banner by an employee or student. Haven’t shared a cellphone yet or fear your emergency contact may be out of date? Update it now in Banner. Parents and neighbors will have a separate registration process.
Anyone who has entered a cellphone number in Banner will receive a subscription notification Aug. 1 stating, “You are now subscribed for emergency alerts from Lafayette College. Reply OPTOUT to stop all alerts.”
Leopard Alert messages will only be sent in the event of an emergency situation. It is strongly recommended that you still add a cellphone into Banner to keep you informed and help ensure your safety and the safety of others on campus in the event of an emergency.
Also starting Aug. 1, faculty and staff will receive a voicemail alert on their desktop phones assigned to their use.
The platform Lafayette uses is currently in place at more than 100 universities and colleges, including Cedar Crest College, Bryn Mawr College, Davidson College, Moravian University, Ursinus College, Allegheny College, Wabash College, and Harvard University.
Leopard Alerts will use the cellphone listed in Banner instead of requiring employees/students to sign up.
Alerts also will be sent to desktop phones assigned to their use starting Aug. 1.
If you do not wish to receive text alerts in the event of an emergency, you can reply to the Aug. 1 confirmation message. It is strongly recommended that you still add a cellphone into Banner regardless of the option you choose to keep you informed and help ensure your safety and others on campus in the event of an emergency.
Alerts will still be sent through email. Employees also will receive alerts through their college-issued computers, desktop phones assigned to their use, and a campus siren when needed.
If you don’t receive a message it means the College doesn’t have your correct cellphone, and you’ll need to verify it in Banner. If your number is correct in Banner and you still did not receive a text message Aug. 1, please contact the Help Desk.