Gordon State College Emergency Notification System (GCENS)
The GCENS system is a communication service that enables Gordon State College administrators and campus safety personnel to quickly contact GSC students, faculty and staff with voice and text messages. This system will be used for emergency notifications and school closings as well as other critical information.
With GCENS Gordon State College students can be reached and provided with vital information anywhere, anytime, through their cell phones, home phones, e- mail, TTY/TDD receiving devices, or other text-receiving devices.
As a student, faculty or staff member of GSC, you may designate up to six phone numbers to be called. You may also designate a cellular phone number for receiving campus notifications via text message as well as an additional email address.
Gordon students, faculty and staff are automatically added to the GCENS service. Every person is encouraged to review his or her GCENS contact information for accuracy and to add additional contact information such as cell phone numbers to the notification list. Receiving a voice or text message when you are away from your office or residence hall keeps you informed of possible emergencies on campus as well as campus related events. You may also add an additional email address.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for GCENS?
All students' residence hall phone numbers, home phone numbers, and their Gordon State College official email addresses are automatically added to the GCENS service. Students are encouraged to include their cell phone numbers, text messaging numbers, and an additional email address for Gordon State College to use for emergency notification. Faculty and staff are also automatically enrolled in the service via their Gordon office phone number and e-mail address.
Use your Gordon State College network username and password above to add / update your emergency notification information in the system.
Will it cost me if I choose to receive a text message?
Please refer to your cell phone provider for information on additional charges for text messages.
How often will Gordon test the GCENS service?
Each semester, Gordon State College will test its emergency notification system. There is usually no notice sent about the test.
What do I do if I get an emergency message?
An emergency message sent via GCENS will give you specific information on what to do or where to go. The message may direct you to the Gordon State College emergency web page. Follow any instructions given in the message.
What are some examples of emergency messages that I could receive?
Below are some sample text messages that you could receive regarding possible emergencies...
GCENS: All day and evening classes have been canceled for Thurs Jan 14 due to bad weather stand by for info on Fri Jan 15 classes
GCENS: Campus Emergency declared. Get inside and stay away from doors and windows. Stand by for more info
Where can I get more information about the GCENS service?
The GCENS service is provided by Blackboard Connect Inc., formerly known as the NTI Group, Inc. (NTI). Visit Blackboard Connect's web site at http://www.blackboardconnect.com/ for additional information about their world-class notification engine called Connect-ED®.
What if I am in class and my cell phone is turned off. How will I be notified?
Gordon State College also utilizes a siren and intercom system for on campus emergencies. These systems will also alert everyone on campus of immediate emergencies.
How do I update my home phone number?
Contact the Registrar's Office to update your home telephone number. Lambdin Hall - Room 126, Phone: 678. 359. 5022, Fax: 770. 358. 5382
What are some other ways that the college will announce closings, suspensions or delays of classes?
GCENS is the best contact for emergency notices, but we also use Face Book (GordonStateCollege), Twitter (@GordonState), and the Gordon State College home page (www.gorondstate.edu) for notices. Local radio stations and Atlanta and Macon television stations are a source, but in a weather emergency, GCENS is the best.