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Awareity TIPS Service Tied to Clery Act Reporting

Awareity has launched a new reporting service that allows campus community members to report suspicious incidents or red flags online and instigate follow-up by the institution's crisis team. The company said the release of "Threat Assessment, Incident Management, and Prevention Services" was tied to changes in the Jeanne Clery Act that went into effect on July 1, 2010. That act, which became law initially in 1990, requires colleges and universities that accept federal funds to maintain and report information about crime on or near their campuses.

As part of the new requirements, which are specified by the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, schools need to ensure whistleblower protection to prevent retaliation against someone that turns in their institution for not following the Clery Act.

The Awareity service provides online tools for students, faculty, staff, and others to confidentially report incidents such as bullying, cyber‐bullying, or threats. It also gives administrators functions to assign personnel for follow-up to each type of incident as specified in the Clery Act. The service stores reports in a searchable database, allowing campus staff to access audit-ready reports to meet Clery Act crime reporting requirements.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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