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Frostburg State University Creates 687-STOP Tip Line
10/13/2010

The Frostburg State University has created a tip line for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to use anonymously in order to provide information about crimes, disturbances or other issues of concern. The tip line, 301-687-STOP, initiated by the students in the President’s Leadership Circle, was implemented at the beginning of the fall 2010 semester.

Upon calling the tip line, the caller will listen to a recorded message for instructions and be directed to leave a message containing the information they wish to share. Exactly 5 minutes after a message is recorded, the message is automatically sent to FSU Central Communications to be routed immediately to the appropriate office. The messages are completely anonymous, without numbers or names connected to them.

“The President’s Leadership Circle determined student safety to be of the utmost importance and made recommendations for this tip line,” said Amy Shaffer, director of the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, and coordinator of the PLC. “In light of increasing acts of violence on college campuses, the members of our President’s Leadership Circle decided to be proactive in creating a safer campus for everyone.”

687-STOP was created to give complete anonymity to those leaving tips. Many people are uncomfortable reporting issues directly but may have pertinent information they wish to share. This unique tip line allows tip-givers to share information without needing to reveal their identity, and is intended for both students and members of the campus and local Frostburg community to use. Callers are still welcome to contact University Police or other offices directly.

For more information, contact the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement at 301-687-4210 or University Police at the non-emergency number, 301-687-4223 or at police@frostburg.edu. -end-

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu