Alert system at Michigan State University makes students more aware of East Lansing crime

By Tori Zackery
Entirely East Lansing

When a crime occurs on or near Michigan State University’s campus, the university issues an alert to more 50,000 people

During the 2015-2016 school year, a local Pizza Hut, apartment complex and MSU residence hall were among establishments in the East Lansing area victim to armed robbery. Each incident prompted a message alert to be sent to the phones and emails of students and faculty, including accounting freshman Alonja Wilson.  

“I feel like I get these alerts once a week,” said Wilson. The MSU Police Department is mandated by the Clery Act, a consumer protection law passed in 1990, to make students, faculty and the public aware of crime occurring on campus. Part of this requirement includes issuing timely warnings and notifications in potential emergency situations.