Civil liberties groups question anonymous reporting tool

Skeptics of anonymous reporting said the option shouldn’t be stripped from systems like Awareity, but that anonymous complaints logged in the system should not result in the suspension or expulsion of a student accused of wrongdoing.

Shibley from FIRE said anonymous reporting could be warranted if a student spotted a suspicious package sitting on a campus bench, for instance.

“Anonymous tips have always been part of crime reporting, so there’s nothing too unusual about that,” he said. “But if there are specific accusations made against someone and action is taken against a student based on that report, and you’re denied the right to face your accuser—well, that’s where the major problems can arise.”