Alertus Desktop is a software program licensed by VIU for delivering emergency notifications to desktop and laptop computer systems. When activated, Alertus will pop up a full-screen alert, taking over the whole screen with a warning that's impossible to miss. The alert can be easily dismissed by simply clicking on the 'Acknowledge' button.

Alertus is currently unavailable for download from off-campus. To install this software on your personal device, please download the file from a campus computer and transfer the installer to your personal device, or bring your personal device on-campus to download.

How do I request or access this service?

You can download the Alertus software here:

Alertus Windows Installer

  • click the above link to download the installation file.
  • Go to the downloaded installation file and double click the Alertus-VIU.exe file.
  • Follow the onscreen installation instructions.

Alertus Mac Installer

  • click the link to download the installation file.
  • Go to the downloaded installation file and CONTROL click (or right click) the alertus-mac-installer.pkg file and select open.
  • Follow the onscreen installation instructions.

Who can use this service?

Students and Employees

When is this service available?

Support for this service is available: M-F 8:00 - 4:30

Service is available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except during scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

Our technology advisory page provides up-to-date information about the operations of Vancouver Island University's Information Technology systems and services. 

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