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Emergency Notification System

Blackboard Connect


Blackboard Connect is an online data system that can, in case of an emergency, send a message from the university to our stakeholders via text messages, e-mails, and phone. For the system to be effective, students need to self-disclose contact information. Blackboard Connect will only be used in case of an emergency and occasional tests of the system. Please note the information you provide will be utilized only for these purposes.


The university will automatically upload office/room phone information and e-mail addresses as well as other information you provide. If you wish to opt out of the “text messaging” step of this notification log onto WebTools and declare this (see "Updating your information"). Please note you may opt out of only the text messaging step. The other steps, including phone calls and e-mails, will still be utilized.


You may add additional information to be associated with your ID. The information you supply includes individuals you would like to be contacted in case of a Saint Mary’s University emergency. Examples are a parent/guardian, spouse, sibling, other family member, etc.


This information may be updated as often as necessary. The university regularly uploads the information to Blackboard Connect. Failure to provide information or update information in a timely manner may result in individuals not receiving emergency notifications. The university will update room and e-mail address changes; however, it is your responsibility to update other personal information as it changes.

To add or update your information:

Log onto WebTools -
Click on Change Personal Information
Click on Change Emergency Contact Information
Fill in your information
Click Submit


If you wish to add more information than what is allowed via WebTools, please contact the Office of Student Life at

If you have questions, contact the offices of Student Life or Campus Safety.