Students may update their information at any time. You do so by logging into Campus Connections. Follow these instructions:

What is Assurance NM?

Assurance NM is the emergency notification system used by all 11 North Dakota University System colleges and universities to provide timely information and instructions directly to students, faculty, staff and others during emergencies or urgent situations.

Why was Assurance NM implemented?

Providing a safe campus environment is a top priority. Timely notification of events such as natural disasters and acts of violence will empower students, faculty and staff to take the appropriate steps to protect their safety. The Assurance NM system is used to announce weather-related closings.

Who is included in Assurance NM?

The State Board of Higher Education requires employee (including student employees) participation in Assurance NM. Students are automatically enrolled in the ENS when they enroll at VCSU.
While it is an option for students to opt-out of the ENS, students who choose not to participate may miss vitally important information in an emergency situation.

How does Assurance NM work?

Assurance NM uses cell-based telephone and text messaging, land lines and email to inform participants of an emergency situation.

Is Assurance NM only used for emergencies?

Assurance NM is used only if a situation poses an urgent or immediate threat to health or safety or if a situation significantly disrupts campus activities, such as a weather-related closing.

When does Assurance NM get tested?

To ensure continuity of operation, the Assurance NM system gets tested at least once each semester. Participants receive messages stating that "This is a test of the emergency notification system". Assurance NM messages are easily identifiable by the sender. All phone messages are sent from 701.328.0911 and all email messages are sent from

Student Information

How do students sign up?

Students will be asked to provide contact information on a form that will appear when they log into CampusConnection. CampusConnection will remind students to review their contact information every 90 days.

Why are student employees required to participate?

Student employees are required to participate in the notification process because of their campus responsibilities.

How do students sign-up to receive text messages?

All students who provide cell phone numbers will receive text messages. The Emergency Notification System automatically adds cell phone numbers to the text messaging database.

Is a student's cell phone number private?

Yes. Cell phone numbers and other information entered exclusively on the campus emergency notification information page are confidential information and will be used only for emergency notification purposes.

What if an instructor requires students to turn off cell phones during class?

If an instructor asks students to turn off cell phones during class, he or she must have a registered cell phone or other phone or other means for receiving emergency messages at all times when students are required to turn off their phones.

Will students who attend classes at more than one North Dakota University System college or university receive emergency messages from each campus they attend?

Yes. Students who attend classes at more than one campus can choose to receive NotiFind messages from each of them, up to a maximum of four campuses.

Can students choose not to participate in Assurance NM??

Yes. Students, except student employees, can choose not to participate in Assurance NM; however, by doing so, they run the risk of missing information that might be vital to their safety. Undergraduate and graduate student employees are required to participate in the Emergency Notification System because of their campus responsibilities.

Parent Information

Can parents sign-up to receive messages?

No. Assurance NM will be used to communicate with those who are most likely to be on campus when an emergency occurs. Registration through CampusConnection requires a valid student, faculty or staff identification.

Where can parents get emergency information?

In the event of an emergency, information will be made available to parents and others via the VCSU website and the VSCU Student Safety webpage which are both open to public viewing.

Office Information

VCSU Safety Office:

Safety Coordinator | Risk Management Contact
Jessica Frerich

Other Contacts:

Vice President for Student Affairs

Campus Nurse
Pat Egeberg

Power House
(after hours safety)