Expanded Notification Keeps Campus Community Informed about Threats
Clery Act Crime Alerts Go Campuswide
Posted April 29, 2010 | Atlanta, GA
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires colleges and universities to report certain crime statistics (outlined in the annual crime awareness brochure found at http://www.police.gatech.edu/documents/brochure.pdf) as well as to make timely notifications about crimes that pose a threat to the campus community. While students, faculty and staff currently opt-in to receive crime alerts, only a small percentage of the campus population has chosen to do so. To ensure that everyone receives timely personal notification, e-mail alerts will now be sent to the entire campus community and the current opt-in system will be phased out.
For those who are not part of the campus e-mail system, crime alerts will continue to be posted online at http://www.police.gatech.edu/crimeinfo/crimealerts/. In addition to Clery Act alerts, the following notification tools will be utilized as needed:
Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) – GTENS messages are limited to 160 characters and this system will only be used to distribute information regarding emergencies that dictate immediate action. Examples of alerts include severe weather, evacuations and other threatening situations or emergencies. The message will direct you where to go for further information or what action to take. Less urgent messages will be sent using the campus advisory e-mail system. Following a warning, the alert system may be used to provide additional messages or an "all clear" announcement. Everyone in the Georgia Tech mail system will receive an e-mail message.You are urged to sign up to receive phone and text notification by logging into PASSPORT at https://passport.gatech.edu/.
Siren Warning System - The Siren Warning System is comprised of seven speaker stations located across campus that are tested on the first Thursday of each month. Designed to notify people who are outdoors, the system complements GTENS.
System to Create and Relay Emergency Action Messages (SCREAM) - This system is designed to enhance the Institute’s emergency message delivery capabilities by sending emergency alert messages to classroom projectors as well as to electronic signage and computer clusters on campus. Created and operated by Georgia Tech, the SCREAM software allows messages to be delivered to approximately 450 campus locations in less than two minutes.
Cable TV Alert System – Emergency messages can be relayed via the Georgia Tech Cable Network.
The Georgia Tech Police Department Web site features a map that indicates crime occurrences in the area at the following link: http://www.police.gatech.edu/crimeinfo/crimemap/. The campus community is urged to report any safety concerns or suspected criminal activity by calling 404-894-2500.