Emergency Communications

Columbia uses an emergency response communications system, SendWordNow, to immediately inform the campus community of emergency situations as well as cancelations and closures caused by severe weather. 

Students will receive text messages, phone calls, and/or e-mails immediately as news pertaining to any form of emergency situation is issued. In order to receive these updates, students must provide the college up-to-date emergency contact information to ensure they are notified. 

When students enter Columbia, their emergency contact information will be inserted into the SendWordNow system with the contact information they provided to Columbia during the admissions process. They may choose to change their contact information in the OASIS portal.

To Update Emergency Information:

  1. Log in to OASIS.
  2. Click the Students tab along the top.
  3. Click Address/Emergency Update inside the Student Profile Portlet.
  4. Update the appropriate fields with current emergency contact information.
  5. If students are no longer interested in receiving emergency or severe weather updates from Columbia, they must click on the Change to No button.

Text Messages


If students wish to receive text message alerts via the Student Loop, they should make sure the fields for cell number and text number are accurate, and then visit www.colum.edu/students to locate the Loop communication subscriptions form for an option to receive text alerts from Columbia.