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UC at Illinois E911 FAQ

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions on E911 and its use with UC Voice software client, Microsoft Lync.

Info icon E911 Service is now available with UC Voice

Events such as network or power outages may prevent UC Voice from working. In these situations, users should use a cell phone, landline phone, or campus e-phone.

E911 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: In the past I’ve had to dial 9-911 while on campus to make an emergency phone call; is this still necessary?

A: No. The legacy Centrex system and UC Voice both support 9-911 or 911 for making emergency calls. It is recommended that you dial 911, which is the North American standard for emergency phone calls. Dialing 9-911 is an artifact of the old Centrex phone system that required you to dial a “9” to reach an outside line. Though it is unnecessary from a technological standpoint, 9-911 will be supported by both the Centrex and UC Voice systems because it was the campus standard for so many years.  

Q: Is there a policy that requires campus units to maintain Centrex lines for redundant 911 service in case Lync is unavailable?

A: There is no policy or legal requirement that requires campus units to maintain Centrex lines once the campus has been notified that the 911 service through Lync is in production. The University has decided that this is a business decision best left to individual campus units. There will be additional charges for any departments that decide to maintain Centrex lines after Lync is in production. Telecom Unit Coordinators can email CITES Service Request Management at cites-svcreq@illinois.edu to receive pricing or to order service.

Q: Is there a policy or guideline for campus units to maintain Centrex lines in laboratories or common areas?

A: There is no policy or legal requirement regarding the retention of Centrex lines for existing common area phones and/or laboratory phones. The University has decided that this is a business decision best left to individual campus units. There will be additional charges for any departments that decide to maintain Centrex lines after Lync is in production. The Division of Research Safety (DRS) has advised that there are no known regulatory requirements that would prevent users from migrating to Lync phones. However, DRS have said they would be happy to discuss special laboratory safety concerns with individual campus units.

Q: Will campus emergency phones and elevator phones be migrated to Lync?

A: No, the campus emergency phones (e.g. blue light kiosks, wall-mounted box phones, and elevator rescue phones) will remain on the existing copper network. Calls from emergency phones will continue to connect directly to the University’s police department.

Q: Can my department install additional emergency phones?

A: Individual campus units may not install emergency phones without the consultation and approval of the Division of Public Safety. Emergency phones (e.g. blue light kiosk, areas of rescue, and elevator rescue phones) serve the life safety needs of the entire campus community. Therefore, their costs are subsidized by general campus funds. Emergency phone deployment for new construction and major remodeling is standardized in the Campus Administrative Manual(PDF).

Campus units may install phones in any location in which additional phone service is needed, but such phones are not considered campus emergency phones. The requesting department is responsible for installation and recurring costs. Telecom Unit Coordinators can email CITES Service Request Management at cites-svcreq@illinois.edu to receive pricing or to order service.

Contact Us

For further information about UC at Illinois please contact the CITES Help Desk, 217-244-7000, consult@illinois.edu.

Last updated Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:04 pm