In today’s segment, we’re exploring the topic and benefits of utilizing a tipline platform to enhance student safety.
Campus Security Administrators should consider utilizing a “See Something, Say Something” or “Suspicious Activity” tip line platform. The purpose of this form of communication allows the campus administration, working in conjunction with campus security and law enforcement to receive messages from students about current or past suspicious activity, as well as to be proactive in warning about potential criminal activity.
Similar to Gaggle’s SpeakUp for Safety Tipline, the platform should allow students the ability to receive and anonymously report potentially unsafe activity around campus, and in facilities. It should be a user-friendly platform that keeps the sender’s identification confidential while affording students the ability to submit information. Anonymous tips that are reported may include bullying, drugs, sexual assaults, rape, fights, personal harm, theft, weapons, and other potential threats.
It’s important to remember that it is the students who can best recognize and report behaviors that may be worrisome, but sometimes they lack the resources to communicate them. With the school’s exclusive cyber tipline, they are easily able to report any risks that could affect their safety and well-being.
I look forward to you continuing along with me on this crusade for the next installment of this series.
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