Rave Mobile Safety Enables Higher Education Institutions to Meet Clery Act Regulations
Rave Mobile Safety, a provider of hosted software solutions for individuals, groups and public safety organizations, today announced its continued commitment to helping higher education institutions comply with recent changes to The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy (Clery Act). Leading colleges and universities across the nation are leveraging Rave Alert, the highest performing and most reliable broadcast alerting solution on the market, in order to meet Clery Act compliance and dramatically improve campus safety. The easy-to-use system allows campus police and administrators to quickly send emergency notifications and important announcements via text messages, email or recorded voice messages.
The Clery Act (originally known as the Campus Security Act), requires colleges and universities across the U.S. to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education, and has prompted thousands of institutions to reevaluate their emergency notification technology. In order to comply with the Clery Act, higher education institutions need to take into account that alerts be issued in a timely and reasonable fashion; have technology in place that is able to reach the entire campus community and quickly; and ensure that the information is pushed out through a combination of communication methods.
In fall 2010, the Clery Act amendments took effect, and now require that colleges and universities have emergency response and evacuation procedures in place and for the first time are required to disclose these procedures in an annual security report. Another major change enacted this fall was that institutions were required to disclose how emergency notifications will be handled. And instead of “timely warnings” having to be issued across the campus community, now notifications may target only a segment or segments of the campus community that are at risk.
“Campus security has always been a focus for American colleges and universities. However, this year’s changes to the Clery Act are making them reevaluate the technology and procedures that are in place,” said Dr. John Wesley Lowery, associate professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. “Notifications must be able to reach a segment or all students on and off campus, and in a timely fashion. Rave Mobile Safety provides a highly-reliable solution that can rapidly reach impacted individuals in a number of ways including text messages, email or recorded voice messages.”
“Rave Mobile Safety partners with colleges and universities to help understand their specific campus safety needs and meet federal compliance standards like the Clery Act,” said Tom Axbey, Chief Executive Officer for Rave Mobile Safety. “Rave Alert provides institutions with a flexible, easy-to-use and reliable system to help manage any campus incident large or small.”
Rave Mobile Safety will also host a webinar on March 29 at 2 p.m. EDT entitled ‘Hitting the Moving Target - The Federal Government’s Expectations for Sexual Assault Resolution on Campus’ in which Dr. John Wesley Lowery will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Lowery will provide insight into among other things, Congress’ consideration of legislation which would place additional specific requirements on how sexual assault and other forms of intimate personal violence are addressed.