Investigation update: Monday, Dec. 17/Text alert sign-up

Originally sent to campus at 4:49 p.m.

by Walter Kraft, Published December 17, 2012

To EMU Students, Faculty and Staff,

Eastern Michigan University's Police Department continues to stay in close contact with Ypsilanti Police as the investigation into the death of student Julia Niswender remains active and ongoing. At this time, Ypsilanti Police have no new information to report about the status of the investigation. As we reported last Thursday, Ypsilanti Police have stated the death is suspicious, with indications of foul play, and they are investigating the case as a homicide. They are continuing to follow up on leads and conduct interviews. The Eastern Michigan University Department of Public Safety and Michigan State Police continue to assist Ypsilanti Police in the investigation. Anyone with information concerning the case is asked to contact Det/Sgt T.C. Eberts @ 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers @ 1-800-SPEAKUP (773-2587).

We will report any updates we receive from Ypsilanti Police as soon as we receive them, and this includes any updates that occur over the semester break. Please continue to monitor the investigation website for further updates and information, as well as details about counseling services, actions that have been taken to increase safety and security on campus, the SEEUS walking/mobile escort service, and ongoing news media coverage of the case. Since our announcement last week about the expansion of the SEEUS service to 7 a.m., which remains in effect through Wednesday at 11 p.m., more people have been using the service.

Funeral services took place this morning at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Monroe Township, with several hundred family and friends attending.

In light of this tragedy and the tragedy in Connecticut on Friday, it is important that we remind everyone of our emergency text alert system and how you can sign-up to receive timely warnings of any campus emergency. Eastern Michigan University uses a university-wide text-messaging alert service to notify students, faculty and staff if an emergency situation occurs on campus. The alerts provide real-time information as a text message to your cell phone and email containing information on the situation.

Participation is completely voluntary, and you can cancel the service at any time. You can add two additional mobile numbers and email addresses under your subscription. There is no cost for the service and no charge for subscribers to send or receive text messages. Messaging charges may apply depending upon your wireless carrier plan.  Click here to sign up for Emergency Text Alerts.

Parents of EMU students can be registered under their student's account. Each subscriber can enter up to three (3) mobile contact numbers and three (3) email addresses.

The campus alert service will be used only in the event of a campus emergency (and for occasional testing of the system), so you don't need to worry about receiving unsolicited messages. Your name and phone number will not be shared with anyone else through this system.

You are not automatically removed from the service when you graduate or leave EMU. If you separate from Eastern Michigan University and no longer wish to receive the text messages, there are two ways to stop receiving messages:

1. Login to your account at and click on the Groups tab and use the Text/Email checkbox options to specify your message delivery preferences, or;

2. Text STOP to 67283 or 226787 from your registered mobile phone. You will no longer receive any messages from EMU Text Alerting.

If your question relates to registration, or the use of the system, please contact the Emergency Management Office at 734.487.0799 or email at:

Once again, as soon as we have any additional information about the investigation from Ypsilanti Police, we will share it with you.



Walter Kraft


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