JMU Defends E-Mail Alert to Spread Booze Message

Students: appropriate use of the system?

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, Aug 20, 2010  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
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JMU Defends E-Mail Alert to Spread Booze Message

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Did the president of James Madison University misuse the school’s emergency alert system? Some students think he did.

Here’s what happened:

JMU president Linwood Rose sent an e-mail to students Wednesday telling them about a new school policy for dealing with underage drinking and public intoxication.

The message was sent through the university’s emergency alert system – a system that many schools created after the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 that left 33 people dead.

According to the Associated Press, some students believe the alert system should only be used for big emergencies, and they’re afraid students will ignore the texts if they’re used to send general information.

The university believes it was a good use of the system because underage drinking puts students’ lives at risk.


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