Traffic and road closures may delay arrival time for students, but the new website, Compass, will alert all students, faculty and staff about construction work, traffic delays and road closures.
Facilities Planning and Management created this one-stop website at the direction of President Soraya Coley.
Coley wanted a place where everyone commuting to campus would be informed about delays such as construction, traffic and road and parking structure closures that would affect students’ arrival to campus.
“All students can access Compass on their phones and bookmark the website so it can appear quickly on their phone,” Communication Specialist of Facilities Planning and Management Gary Fong said. “Compass also help students get a head start because they can take a quick look at the bookmarked website and see if there are any delays to campus.”
Aside from construction and traffic issues, Compass also alerts users about scheduled maintenance, repair projects and mechanical malfunctions.
In addition to traffic advisories, Compass also alerts to problems on campus such as elevator shutdowns, temporary power interruptions and fire sprinkler testing.
This webpage has advisories about anything that would impact a large part of the campus.
“I think the website is helpful especially because I commute to school daily,” said senior liberal studies student Cecilia Lopez.
“Knowing ahead of time if a road near a parking structure is going to be closed or if repairs are getting done will allow me to plan accordingly to avoid being late to school.”
Compass also contains alerts in its archives dated back to Jan. 12 as well as links to stories about construction projects that will change the university and will impact future Cal Poly Pomona students.
The webpage allows students who live on campus and those who commute to school to get real-time updates and news about the projects, traffic issues, power outages and malfunctions in order to avoid delays.
“The Compass website will help students get to campus more efficiently because sometimes there’s construction on the road,” said second-year civil engineering student Fareen Masum.
“We don’t know about it until we see it right in front of our eyes, but it is too late to look for an alternate route.”
In addition to the webpage, there are two types of newsbreak alerts everyone on campus receives via email.
The first being sent out to students, faculty and staff when construction sites would impact a wide range of the campus as well as repair projects and schedule maintenance.
The second newsbreak alert is localized, which are alerts sent out to students and faculty in a specific building. For instance, a power outage in Building 6, an alert will be sent out to people in that specific building.
Other outreach channels the social media director uses are Facebook and Twitter in order to reach the entire school for those who have not looked at the website or checked his or her email.
The bigger stories that would affect the entire campus are documented on Poly Centric in order to communicate to a larger audience of the student body.
Students can visit the CPP website access the compass page.
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