UNA Alert System Under Review After Suspicious People On Campus

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of North Alabama students received two alerts about suspicious people on campus, late Sunday night..

University officials say the quick response is typical.  However, just a few weeks ago, the lion alert system came under scrutiny from students, after a reported rape on campus.

During this incident, UNA Police say two students got concerned, when they say suspicious men followed them from downtown Florence, onto campus.

As a potential safety threat to students, university officials sent out two lion alerts within just minutes of each other.  The first described what happened, and the second gave a description of the suspicious people.

“Me and my roommate wanted to get something to eat but we just went to Towers instead because we got that alert.  If not, we woulda gone out and not really known the dangers,” said UNA freshman, Robing Cutting.

Monday morning, the university police chief sent a third alert through a campus wide e-mail.  While many UNA students are satisfied with the response this time, this same alert system got criticized for delayed communication after a reported rape in the parking deck.

“Those are two entirely different instances, in both cases the lion alerts were sent out as early as possible,” said UNA Spokesman, Josh Woods.  “What happened last night with the lion alerts going out just minutes after the report, is pretty ordinary.” 

After the sexual attack, university officials discussed possible changes to the alert system and with three alerts sent to students about one event, students believe changes are already taking place to keep safety a priority.

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