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HOW TO CONTACT YOUR STUDENT IN AN EMERGENCY

To get an urgent message to a student in class, only in the event of a life-threatening emergency, contact the Student Affairs Office at 325-793-4680. They will be able to look up your student’s schedule and find him/her in class.

Students are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Office should an unfortunate emergency occur (death, accident, etc.). The Student Affairs Office will gladly contact the entire faculty and notify other offices of your needed absence. Of course, the student remains responsible for completing any coursework missed. This only applies to emergencies. Students who are ill must personally contact their faculty and make appropriate arrangements.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

During emergency or severe weather situations, information regarding the status of the university will be communicated across a number of media including McMurry University’s  website, local news outlet and campus-wide emails. McMurry University has established a Contingency Communications webpage: about.mcm.edu/alert. This webpage will be used to communicate information in the event of a campus- related emergency. In the event of an emergency or a crisis, important information will be posted on this webpage. Please refer to this page for announcements and instructions to students, employees, parents and the media.

If you wish to report an emergency, please call one of the following phone numbers:

Mark Odom, Director of Security and Safety:

325-793-4666 (officer on duty)

325-793-4780 (office); 325-65-6269 (cell)

Allen Withers, Dean of Students & Campus Life:

325-793-4680 (office); 304-203-1210 (cell)

Physical Plant:

325-793-4747 (office); 325-660-3973 (cell);

325-793-4666 (after hours)

Area Emergency Services: 911

McMAlert

McMurry University has adopted a notification system, McMAlert, that enables the university to send urgent news to students/parents/staff via their cell phones. When you sign up for the service, the university can text you with timely information about emergencies, weather warnings, or class cancellations. Depending on your personal cell phone plan, there may be a nominal fee from your carrier to receive text messages, but there is no charge from the university to use the service.

When time is of the essence, McM Alert allows the university to provide immediate notification to the McMurry family, whether they are on  or  off campus. The McMurry Emergency Response Team (MERT) is urging the entire campus community to register. Please go to about.mcm.edu/alert/e2Campus to sign-up to McMurry Alert.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

McMurry University acts in full compliance with the regulations articulated in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment). Therefore, McMurry prohibits the distribution of educational records for students 18 or older without written consent from the student. Records include grades, test scores, term papers, letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, health and financial aid records, and so on. Essentially all records about your son or daughter maintained by McMurry University are viewed as private and are protected from unauthorized disclosure to third parties - including parents. The student’s grades will be addressed to the student and mailed to their home address. However, there is nothing in the law that would prevent the student from sharing grades with you.

McMurry University can tell you what the general academic policies and practices are and suggest some questions you may want to ask your student. The best solution is for you to encourage your student to ask someone on campus for help when it is needed and encourage your student to be open and honest when it comes to information about his/her work.