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Minn. Governor Signs Law to Protect Students From Bullying
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:50:00 PDT
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Schools Act provides local school districts the guidance, support, and flexibility to adopt clear and enforceable school policies to help protect all children from bullying.
Timely Warning vs. Emergency Notification: What’s the Big Difference?
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:41:00 PDT
Knowing when and how to apply these two different requirements will help you to comply with the Clery Act.
Massachusetts College Agrees to Let Campus Police Carry Guns
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:00:00 PDT
The Mount Wachusett Community College Police Department will begin carrying firearms on campus in 2016.
Ranking Colleges on Safety Won’t Protect Students, but This Checklist Will
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:00:00 PDT
Twelve politicians proposed last week that American colleges should be ranked by safety and security. Instead, they should encourage students and their parents to ask the following 20 questions when selecting a campus.
Police Break Up Wild Parties at Colorado State U, Western Michigan U
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:01:00 PDT
Authorities had to break up parties that grew into large riots at Colorado State University and Western Michigan University over the weekend.
Wood County Schools Receive Security Grant From Video Insight
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:24:00 PDT
Wood County Schools will use the $20,000 grant from Video Insight to improve video surveillance throughout the district.
Contractor Claims U of Maryland Warned of Cyber Risks Before Breach
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:18:00 PDT
A former University of Maryland contract IT worker is being investigated by the FBI for posting the school president’s personal information online. The software engineer claims he posted the information to draw attention to the university’s cyber security vulnerabilities.
14 MNEC Questions Colleges Should Be Prepared to Answer
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:00:00 PDT
Experts suggest mass notification emergency communication (MNEC) questions students should ask their administration.
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3/10/2014 1:51 PM EST
version 9.0 released   posted by: Pat McKula
The team at Incident Tracker is very pleased to announce the release of version 9.0 on March 12, 2014.  This major version release closes the loop on many features already existing but until now not being able to be applied to all aspects of the program. 
In particular email alerts can now be Location specific.  So now along with categories and subcategories, locations, sub-locations and rooms (or areas) can be tagged to trigger alerts.  Locations can also now be set in a user-defined order (as opposed to simply being shown in alphabetical order). 
Another area seeing great improvements is the email distribution creation process.  Now when emailing an individual report manually you can pick users from the database to include in the list or add already created distribution lists or stack them. 
Speaking of the email distribution list feature, now users can be hand picked to be added to lists and when an email in a list belongs to a member a notice pops up showing that.  This is meaningful, of course, because email addresses in lists don't have to be tied to members of the program, this new functionality cleans things up considerably. 
Templating is another area that has received attention.  Now a site admin can have a template automatically loaded in the body of a report upon report submission or tie categories (and sub-categories) to specific templates and have those templates automatically load when a category is checked on the submit report screen. 
The Advanced Search has been improved upon so what you are searching for is easier to see now more than ever, also you can now do a 'text' search for matching words in the body of a report
The trending graph has been reworked and now allows for the data plot to be exported to excel and printed very easily.
That's the big picture overview of the enhancements, so now let's talk about the new features. 
Report Assignments have been added, so now Reports can be assigned to a user and a timeline is now present to show assignment histories, etc...  basically now any action that is tied to a report is logged and shown right on the report view screen, including report assignments. 
Another fulfilled community request is the addition of what the team is calling Report Duration.  Now a time spent on a report can be added to a report.  The duration of report blocks can be aggregated as well and the total duration for all queried reports is shown in the report grid, also worth noting, the Trending Graph can be toggled to show duration in the Y-axis rather than category count.  Along with Location Alerting, these are the big new features added in this update cycle.  As also there are lots of other smaller updates, and of course you can read about everyone here.
As always the team at Incident Tracker greatly appreciate your feedback and your support.  We sincerely hope you find the changes meaningful for you.
-The Incident Tracker Team

Edited: 3/10/2014 2:15 PM EST
11/2/2013 9:03 PM EST
version 8.0 released   posted by: Pat Mckula
I know it's been a while since our last upgrade but there is a good reason why.  In version 8.0 we've rolled up our largest upgrade ever.  Here are the major changes you'll see in the new version.
We expanded upon the email notification system.  Now you can create an unlimited amount of email lists.  Each list can have an unlimited amount of email addresses.  And now you can apply notification rules against each email group or multiple groups.  This means you can take individual categories and apply notification rules against a single group or multiple groups.  You have full control over who receives email alerts based on all kinds of new criteria, including applying individual notifications against individual categories. Speaking of Categories... 
Categories can broken down into sub-categories.  This feature is optional but yes, you can now take a Report category, like "Missed Work" and break it down into sub categories like "sick day" or "vacation" etc...  You can also apply advanced searches against these sub-categories and build graphs based on their occurrences as well.
Have you ever wanted to take multiple trending graphs and aggregate them into one graph?  Well now you can.  All trending graphs can now be exported to excel.  Once the data set is exported you have unlimited control on how you slice and dice the data. 
Admins you'll be happy to hear you can not only see your users rights in one matrix, but now the matrix is interactive.  So you can see a complete snapshot of which users have which rights and you can apply mass changes now as well right from the new user rights matrix
Finally two last upgrades to mention: the addition of report histories and advanced report edit logging.  So now when viewing an individual report there is a complete listing of the history of the report: who edited it and when, who looked at attachments, who appended information etc... all now readily available.  And secondly when editing the body of a report all changed text is highlighted in red.
We hope you find the changes useful and as always we really do appreciate your feedback after all that is where our changes come from, your feedback.
To see the complete update notes please visit the update history page here.
Warmest Regards,
The Incident Tracker Team 

Edited: 11/2/2013 9:09 PM EST
11/10/2012 12:09 AM EST
version 7.4 released   posted by: Pat McKula
The team here at Incident Tracker is really excited about the latest code release, version 7.4.  We've really packed in some nice upgrades and streamlined a handful of features that we hope really enhance the end user experience.
First of all we've added a new feature: report restrictions.  This new feature provides site administrators the ability to set requirements on reports based on Locations or Categories to allow access to that particular report.   This upgrade really allows the application to be carved up much better for a diverse group of users to keep eyes only on reports meant for those constituents.
The Documents section has been re-done.  The interface has been optimized, now a little icon beside each file represents a portent to all of the functionality for that file.  We've also added a new feature, the ability to email a file directly from the view grid.
Managing Locations just became more intuitive.  Gone is the issue of re-naming a Location and not having that change be realized on old reports.  Now when Location names are changed a data integrity question prompts the admin to either make the change global or not.  Also when managing Locations the number of reports bound to each Location is now shown.
We added some nice page counters to all areas where data is displayed in grids, so now you have the option to view 20, 50, 100 or 200 reports per page for example.
We did a lot more too, to read the entire update  history visit the history update page here.
As always we thank you for your support and encourage your feedback.  Don't forget to visit the forums to post your questions.
- The Incident Tracker Team
4/22/2012 EST
minor upgrade   posted by: Pat McKula
Today the Incident Tracker team did a quick roll out of a few minor enhancements to the program - so here they are.
- The new color themed logos were deployed
- The new Wiki was released and linked from the user manual in the control panel.  You can access the wiki here.
- A minor bug where the entire event log was clickable was fixed in the control panel
- added an icon for powerpoint files for the document center
- admin can now flag an option that will alert original report authors if one of their report is altered.
The Development team is right now planning the next version release so please get your requests in so we can get potential changes into the queue.  Remember that the best way to get your request in is to contact your support person or simply post in the bulletin board here.

Edited: 4/30/2012 9:07 AM EST
4/12/2012 EST
Tip for viewing reports   posted by: Pat McKula
When you are viewing the report grid and want to open up an individual report without losing the grid page or having to reload it all you need to do is right click on the report # (see the screen shot below) and select to open the report in a new browser window or tab.  Also remember each report row is "clickable" and will open up the report details right from that row.
 It is also worth noting that you can set a "status" for each report and use that status to search on "like reports" or just use the status feature to group or label reports.  The site administrator can turn that feature on or off and create and color code the status categories.

Edited: 4/29/2012 12:21 PM EST

Edited: 4/30/2012 9:04 AM EST
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