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Today’s college and university campuses represent communities unto themselves. Large or small, each is a distinct and bustling slice of society that serves a diverse and transient population of students as they live, study, and play. As a result, campus safety officials must concern themselves with all the potential threats to the people who comprise their entire campus community.
Omnilert’s e2Campus Program was conceived in 2003 – inspired by an article about Jeanne Clery’s story and her family’s proactive response. The article revealed that one key factor in the incident was that had Jeanne been informed about the criminal on campus, this tragedy may have been prevented. This sparked the idea that became e2Campus. In the Fall 2004, Anne Arundel Community College launched e2Campus and became the first campus in North America to use a mass emergency notification system.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is the federal law that calls for the disclosure of campus safety information by colleges and universities. The Clery Act is named in memory of 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was raped and murdered in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. After the mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech, the law was updated to require campuses to issue immediate notifications about any emergency situation that is a threat to the health or safety of students and employees.
While high-profile campus tragedies have made emergency teams especially mindful of the “active shooter” threat, an array of other dangers is apparent. The way in which campus safety officials communicate and respond during such episodes can have a profound effect on the outcome. These realities take center stage in crisis situations ranging from campus violence, fires, terrorism, severe weather, and more. The manner in which your campus responds to such events can have a profound effect on the outcome – and on you personally.
Be Prepared for Campus Crime
Although you can’t always predict or prevent threats and violent acts made by students, staff, or visitors on or around your campus, you can plan to limit the impact. A potential injury or loss of life is not something anyone wants on their watch. In addition, you want to be in compliance with the Clery Act and avoid fines from the U.S. Department of Education. Campus safety officials have a general obligation to adopt best practices and technologies that create a safe and healthful campus community. By developing procedures, initiating notifications, and providing campus constituents guidance on how to respond, you can be better prepared and limit the potential impact.
Mitigate Your Environmental Exposures
The environment is a driving force in the implementation of an emergency notification system and preparedness program. Campuses have both compliance and regulatory requirements, as well as a general duty to provide a safe environment. During severe weather or anthropogenic incidents, you can automatically initiate Omnimodal Notifications using predefined Scenarios in an effort to mitigate your campus risks.
Resolve Campus Outages & Interruptions
Power, campus network or Internet outages and technical failures can all hinder a campus’ ability to continue normal operations. You can create Scenarios to automate emergency notifications so your team is alerted immediately when something is amiss and a fix can be achieved as soon as possible.
You can send an emergency notification to not just many, as multimodal would suggest, but to every available communication channel to assure it reaches your audience – thus, Omnimodal. Learn more
You can initiate any series of actions to notify, mobilize, and collaborate with your team within seconds – all while providing them the documented procedures to follow. You can capture your team’s response plans in a sequence of predefined actions to be initiated in one step; in one click, through the web or from mobile devices. Learn more
You can connect other autonomously monitored systems to Omnilert, which is a major key to speed when it comes to implementing your response efforts. Whether it be integrating notifications from infrastructure intrusions, severe weather, or other safety-related conditions – Omnilert can tie it all together for you – automatically triggering a pre-defined series of actions. This eliminates the additional time required to take action during a critical incident and further reduces the margin of error and period of vulnerability. Learn more
Rather than purchase the e2Campus Program independently, most education institutions can legally skip the RFP process and purchase directly from a number of pre-negotiated purchasing vehicles. These contracts and consortium agreements all include precompeted, e2Campus pricing.