August 17, 2023

AlertVU test postponed; new date is Sept. 7

Vanderbilt University Public Safety had scheduled a test a test of the AlertVU emergency notification system for Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 2:30 p.m., but due to the shooting the day before on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the test has been rescheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

AlertVU rapidly sends notification messages in the event of an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community.

All Vanderbilt University and Medical Center students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the system using their University and Medical Center email addresses. Employees can register other contact points, such as cell or home phone numbers or personal email accounts to receive AlertVU messages* when they are away from their Vanderbilt email accounts.

Medical Center employees will be directed to MyWorkday. Instructions on how to update your contact information in MyWorkday is available on the AlertVU website.

Additionally, Medical Center employees are urged to enroll in non-emergency communications concerning hospital operations. These messages may include information about network outages, facility maintenance, etc. To opt-in to receive these notifications, update your information through MyWorkday – instructions are available on the AlertVU website.

For more information on AlertVU, contact Jessamyn Davis (

For information regarding non-emergency Medical Center communications, contact Tim Hunter (

*Users who opt to receive alerts via text messages may be subject to charges from their service providers