General Alerts System

General Alerts is a notification system that allows Washington and Lee to notify community members of emergencies or other timely information that affects the campus. This system sends text messages to registered mobile devices and email messages to valid email accounts. All university-supplied email accounts for students, faculty and staff will automatically receive General Alerts.

General Alerts' messages will provide instructions for taking action if needed. Additionally, information will be posted on the University's website (, the official Twitter account (@wlunews), and the Washington and Lee Facebook page.

When an emergency occurs, authorized senders will instantly notify subscribers to General Alerts, which is a service offered at no charge to users. Wireless carrier's message and data rates may apply for messages received on your wireless device.

Current Students
Make sure your directory information is up to date.
Update Directory
• Click on the left-hand box for "Local Address."
• Scroll to the "Phones" section.
• Edit the first field for required cell phone number.
• Click the "Continue to the next section..." to save.

Faculty and Staff
Make sure your directory information is up to date. 
Update Directory
• Log into the directory.
• Supply a cell phone number to receive text alerts.
• Click "Update" to save.

Parents, Families and Friends
Sign up for alerts via email, voice and/or text message.
Sign Up/Log In