UAF on Alert


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Updated 11/10/20 09:30

There are no current alerts for the Fairbanks campus.

Coronavirus information

Effective Feb. 22, 2020, information about the University of Alaska's response to novel coronavirus/COVID-19 will be available at

State department upgrades China travel advisory

Updated 2/7/20 13:45

The U.S. State Department earlier this week upgraded the travel advisory for China to "Level 4 - Do not travel." That means you should not travel to China and, if you are already in China, you should attempt to depart by commercial means. For more information on travel to China, visit the State Department's China travel advisory.

For information about this novel coronavirus, including symptoms and prevention actions, visit the CDC coronavirus information page.

Novel coronavirus update

Updated 1/30/20 16:45

The World Health Organization has declared a “public health emergency of international concern” in regards to the novel coronavirus that has been spreading in China and other countries.

There have been no cases of the virus reported in Alaska, and very few in the rest of the United States. The cases in the U.S. have been in people who recently returned from China and and there is no indication that the virus is spreading in the U.S.  The Centers for Disease Control and the Alaska Section of Epidemiology indicate that the risk of contracting the virus in the U.S. is extremely low for the general population.

The virus causes respiratory illness similar to influenza.  Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have recently traveled to China or another country where cases of coronavirus have been reported, and experience these symptoms, seek medical attention. Please call your health care provider or hospital before you go to their offices and they will give you instructions.
If you are planning to travel out of the U.S., be sure to check the CDC travel advisories here:
For more information about coronavirus, as well as information about prevention of this and other viruses, visit the CDC online at

Rave Guardian personal safety app available to all UAF employees and students

The university is now offering students and employees a new way to help keep themselves safe on campus. The Rave Guardian app, available at both the App Store and Google Play, allows users to turn their smart phone into a personal safety device. In addition to allowing quick access to campus safety resources and one-button 911 access, the Guardian app includes a safety timer that allows users to designate friends or family members to virtually walk them home.

Downloading and installation is simple:

  • Visit the App Store or Google Play.
  • Search for Rave Guardian.
  • Download, launch and follow the instructions from there.


Who can use the app?

The app is available to anyone with the UA username.

How does the safety timer work?

The timer allows you to select people from your contact list to serve as your “guardian” to make sure you get to your destination safely.

For example, if you are studying late at the library and are walking back to your dorm, you could set a 15-minute timer and select your roommate as your guardian. Once you make it back to your dorm, you can deactivate your timer. If you don’t, it will send your roommate a prompt to check in with you. If they can’t reach you, they can contact safety officials to check on you. And because the app is on your cell phone, they will know right where to look.

Can university officials track my location when I’m not using the app?

No. You have full control over whether you share your location, or not, via the app. If you turn location services on, your friends, family members and public safety officials can only see your location if you contact them via the app or designate them as a guardian on your safety timer.

Will I still get text messages and calls if there is a real emergency on campus?

Yes. While emergency alerts do feet to the Rave Guardian app, it doesn’t replace the university’s emergency notification system. If there is a real emergency, you will receive safety information in a variety of ways, including via text message and voice call.

Am I required to use this app?

No. The app is a free service offered by the university to its employees and students, but it is not mandatory to use it.

Where can I get more information about Rave Guardian?

Visit their website at

This website will offer access to current information about emergencies at UAF. During an emergency or crisis, information may be provided in several ways:
  • Text messages to your cell phone via Rave Mobile Safety. 
  • Alertus computer desktop message
  • Alertus emergency alert beacons
  • Loudspeakers
  • Email 
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter:
  • UAF's online emergency information site:
  • Local news radio and/or television broadcasts
  • Telephone text and voice messages
  • Verbal updates from building coordinators
  • UAF recorded hotline at 907-474-7UAF (7823)

Campus closures

  • View the UAF policy on emergency campus closures here.

Media inquiries

  • Refer reporters to UAF public affairs staff or designated spokesperson for information in an emergency:
    • Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, 907-474-7902 or
    • UAF University Relations, 907-474-6281.

Safety Seconds

Seconds count. Take a few seconds to review the Emergency Response Guide. It's information that could save your life.

In addition, the following resources offer specific safety information:

Unsafe condition, accident or injury reporting


Online Incident Reporting button

You can report any of the following incidents:

  • UA Employee Injuries
  • Non-Employee Injuries (Including Students)
  • Unsafe Conditions
  • Damaged Property
  • Damaged Vehicles

Employees and students
Update your information.

Students and employees can click this button to visit UAOnline and update their information. Please make sure you enter a cell phone number in the correct field to receive text messages about emergencies and extreme weather affecting campus.

Parents and members of the public can also receive emergency alerts from the university by clicking here to enroll. Residents of the Fairbanks North Star Borough will also have the option to customize their borough Smart911 information.

Questions about the university's alert notification system? Visit this page for FAQs about the Rave system and alerts.

Various local public safety agencies also share emergency information via Nixle. To sign up to receive real-time emergency alerts, important advisories, community updates and traffic information via the web, e-mail or text to your cell phone visit