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TXT-U is the University of Minnesota's emergency notification text messaging system. It is one of several ways the University system provides emergency information to faculty, staff, and students. TXT-U has been a critical component of the University's emergency communications system since 2007.
To be sure you will receive TXT-U messages in an emergency, verify your information by going to your TXT-U page. If your cell phone number changes, you will need to visit this page again to update your information.
Tip: We recommend that you save 67283 and 226787 into your mobile phone as a contact called "TXT-U." This way, when you receive an emergency text message from the U, "TXT-U" will appear as the sender.
Go to your TXT-U page. You may add up to two other cell phone numbers to your account, such as a parent's, child's, or spouse/partner/significant other's.
TXT-U is in use on all five campuses of the U of M and messages are campus-specific. You are automatically registered to receive messages from the campus where you are primarily affiliated. You can, however, receive TXT-U messages from additional campuses by doing the following:
To confirm that you've joined a specific group, click on the My Groups tab and review the listing of groups to which you belong.
Everyone who is automatically registered will have the option to unsubscribe from, or opt out of, the system. You can opt out by going to your TXT-U page and removing your mobile number(s), or by texting "STOP" to 67283.
If you opt out of the TXT-U system you will not receive emergency text messages and will not be added back into the system unless you choose to subscribe again.
Not at this time. The University has its own system in place to provide multiple emergency notifications. We will be exploring these additional features in the coming months to best determine their use at the University of Minnesota.
TXT-U emergency messages will be sent only when a dangerous condition exists on campus. Examples could include an active shooter on campus, an approaching severe storm, or a building evacuation. TXT-U has also been used in the past when a campus has closed due to heavy snowfall. You will receive emergency text messages only from your primary campus.
No. TXT-U will only be used to notify you about emergency situations and campus closings. You may receive a test message once or twice a year during normal business hours to ensure the system is working. You will not receive solicitations or SPAM of any kind.
The University does not charge you for the TXT-U service. However, your cell phone carrier may charge you to receive text messages, so check your plan. If you have unlimited text messages, you will not be charged. If you have a text-messaging package, you will not be charged unless you exceed your monthly allotment of messages.
Yes. The University is using a service provider that works with all major cell phone providers. Text messages will be sent to your carrier for delivery to your phone. The exceptions are Google Voice, TextFree, and other such numbers. List your actual cell phone number instead.
TXT-U is an extremely reliable emergency text messaging notification system. However, due to carrier restrictions, signal limitations, and other factors, the University cannot guarantee that all phones registered for TXT-U will promptly receive every message sent.
Yes. Our contract with the company that manages TXT-U prohibits it from ever sharing your information.
With a five-campus system as large as the University of Minnesota's, no single method of communication can effectively reach everyone during an emergency. TXT-U is one of many tools the University uses to distribute emergency information. Other tools include:
The University's goal is to communicate emergency information in many different ways to ensure that the most people receive notification as quickly as possible.
TXT-U messages will give you instructions. If you are in class, tell the instructor about the message so she or he can announce it to others.
TXT-U contact information is updated daily, so as soon as you are no longer officially in the University of Minnesota systems, your information will be deleted and you will no longer receive TXT-U messages. A note to parents: When your child graduates from the U, your numbers will be deleted from his or her account. If you are listed on the account of another child who is still enrolled, you will continue to be registered.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-8047. Be sure to include your name, U of M email address, and your cell phone number in your message.