Emergency Alerts & Safety Advisories

How the Campus Community Receives Alerts

All members of the TU campus community who have a university-issued email address (@towson.edu) automatically receive Emergency Alerts and Safety Advisories via email.

Students, faculty and staff may opt in to receive these notifications by text message.

About Campus Emergency Notifications

The Office of Public Safety issues two types of campus emergency notifications: TU Emergency Alerts and TU Safety Advisories.

TU Emergency Alerts

TU Emergency Alerts are urgent, emergency messages about incidents on campus. The types of messages sent as TU Emergency Alerts include:

  • on-campus, extreme emergencies (e.g., gas leak, bomb threat)
  • extreme or severe weather (e.g., hurricane, earthquake)
  • school closure notifications (due to emergency)
  • messages required to be sent under local, state or federal law

TU Emergency Alerts also include Clery Emergency Notifications and Clery Timely Warning Notices.

Clery Emergency Notifications inform the campus community of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus, involving an immediate, imminent or impending threat to the health and safety of the campus community.

Clery Timely Warning Notices (via email only) notify the campus community whenever there is an on-campus Clery Act crime that represents a serious or continuing threat to the safety of students or employees.

TU Safety Advisories

TU Safety Advisories are safety and informational messages about incidents that are not known to be an immediate threat to those on the TU campus. The types of messages sent as TU Safety Advisory notifications include:

  • off-campus incidents (as the TU Police Department is made aware of them and, to the extent such information does not impede an ongoing criminal investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department)
  • on-campus advisory messages (e.g., traffic advisories, weather notifications)
  • school closings (due to weather or non-emergency)
  • general safety messages

How to Sign Up for Text Alerts

Students, faculty and staff can receive all TU Emergency Alerts and Safety Advisories by registering for text alerts through Omnilert, the Campus Emergency Notification System. You can choose to receive only TU Emergency Alerts or both TU Emergency Alerts and Safety Advisories.

How long will I receive Campus Emergency Notifications?

Your Omnilert account will be active for a two-year period. Thirty days prior to your registration expiration, you will receive either a text or an email alert advising you to renew your registration, depending on what services you selected.

How Parents and Families Receive Campus Emergency Notifications

Parents and families can opt to receive Campus Emergency Notifications if their email address is added with their student’s request in the Campus Emergency Notification System.

TU Public Safety on Social Media

The Towson University Office of Public Safety maintains a Facebook and Twitter account. The accounts are used to disseminate TU Emergency Alerts, Safety Advisories, crime-prevention suggestions and safety tips, and general posts about the university and local community.

Other Campus Safety Initiatives

Emergency Telephones and “Blue Light” Phones

There are 235 phones in the TU Emergency Phone System on campus. This includes 64 Blue Light pedestal phones and 54 other emergency phones on the exterior of buildings, at entrances to buildings and in the garage elevator lobbies across campus. Activating the emergency telephone system prompts a call directly to Towson University Police Department.

Campus SafeWalking Program

The Office of Public Safety provides security escort services as an integral part of personal security and protection to university students, faculty and staff through its SafeWalk program.  SafeWalk escorts may be arranged by calling 410-704-7233 (SAFE). 

SaferMobility App

The SaferMobility app is free and available for download on Apple and Android devices.

It features three main components: a mobile-escort feature that tracks your touch and, if you take your finger off the screen, sounds an alarm and calls the police; a video component that allows you to video chat with the TU Police Department and send them real-time video of an ongoing crime; and an instant message feature that allows you to message the TU Police Department in situations where you don’t want to be heard. To download the app, search for Towson University in the App Store or on Google Play, then select SaferMobility.


SafeRide is an on-call, point to point service provided daily from 2:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at locations accessible with a vehicle. For more information, call 410-704-7233 (SAFE). 

Campus Shuttles

TU offers shuttle services both on- and off-campus for faculty, staff, and students. For a schedule of all shuttle and transportation services visit Shuttle Services.