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Why is Clery Act Compliance Still a Problem?

With a daughter about to leave for college, I began to look into the Jeanne Clery Act. Professionally, I was surprised, and as a parent extremely concerned, that even after almost 25 years since its enactment, compliance to the Clery Act remains a problem across many U.S. campuses. A safe learning environment should be a right for any college student or employee. Why is compliance such an issue when there are solutions easily available?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, signed into law in 1990 and originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, places numerous and intensive reporting requirements on colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs. These requirements include the following zorb balls canada:

  • Issuing "timely" warnings of crimes that represent a serious or ongoing threat to the safety of all students and campus employees.
  • Publish and distribute an Annual Campus Security Report to all current and prospective students and employees.
  • Devise emergency response, notification, testing policies and publish these policies in their Annual Campus Security Report.
  • Compile and report fire data and publish annual fire safety reports.
  • Maintain a public crime log of the most recent 8 years, disclosing crime statistics for eight major categories (Criminal Homicide, Sexual Offenses, Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Burglary, Arson, Motor Vehicle theft, and Arrests and/or disciplinary referrals for Liquor-law; Drug-law; and illegal weapons possession violations)
  • Enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.

Many emergency communication systems have proven ineffective for mass notification of timely' warnings during an emergency as these systems are reliant on mass dial to cell phones, which depends on the capacity of the cellular towers servicing the area. These towers are designed to meet the needs of normal daily communications, far less than the volume required during an emergency. When tower capacity is exceeded, messages are delayed and even discarded by the cellular service due to the bottleneck' of outgoing bandwidth.

MessageNet Connections is an on-site, network-based, emergency communications systems; it doesnt have the capacity limitations of mass dialing and texting systems and can deliver thousands of messages simultaneously. Additionally, Connections can provide location-specific messages instead of a blanket' message as well as specific instructions in relation to the event or emergency. Location-specific messaging can save lives by provid