The University of Iowa

Desktop notification option now available for Hawk Alert

The UI Department of Public Safety and UI Information Technology Services have partnered up to expand Hawk Alert emergency messaging options on campus by adding a desktop “pop-up” notification option through a client called Alertus desktop.

The emergency desktop notification option was installed on centrally supported computers in campus classrooms and lecture halls over winter break, in the locations listed here: https://classrooms.uiowa.edu/

The university implemented this notification option because it is committed to notifying faculty, staff, and students of emergency events that are currently occurring on, or imminently threatening the UI campus.

This service will help maximize the safety and protection of our campus community to ensure wider dissemination for the UI Hawk Alert system by providing an additional layer of coverage in areas of campus where cell signal is degraded and in situations where faculty, staff, and students may not have immediate access to their cell phones. This service will also improve the accessibility of emergency communications for campus.

Faculty, staff, and students now also have the option to download the desktop notification client on their computers. Individuals also have the option to install it on their personal devices if they choose to. If desired by a college/unit, Alertus will be available in the standard, “Software Center” for optional install.

This Information Technology Services page contains instructions for how to install the software on Mac and Windows. Log-in with your HawkID is required for download.

To learn more about Alertus, see: Alertus Desktop FAQ

For additional questions about the functionality of this service, contact: