The National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP) recently recognized outstanding compliance officers. Tricia Farrell, Conduct and Institutional Compliance Coordinator at Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC), was chosen as the first annual 2-Year Institution Award winner. She was selected from among 41 award nominees from around the country.
“It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for the hard work that is put into compliance,” shared Farrell. “However, I feel that this award belongs to the entire Office of Student Oversight and not just myself.”
This award recognizes a current practitioner who has contributed significantly to the development or refinement of a Clery compliance program at a 2-year institution. Winners are recognized for their contributions to substantive improvements to their college’s compliance program.
In addition to her job duties, Tricia sits on NACCOP’s Federal Relations Committee. This newly formed Committee shares the nation’s higher educational institutions concerns regarding The Clery Act, Title IX, and the Department of Education’s oversight with congressional staffers.
NACCOP was designed to give Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals an opportunity to collaborate with each other, participate in best practices, and engage in efforts to support colleges and universities in their compliance efforts with The Clery Act. The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics, and is the basis for MMCC’s Security Report that is published every October.
Prior to working in the Office of Student Oversight and Institutional Compliance, Tricia began her MMCC career in 2009 as a resource advisor. As the compliance field became more crucial, and with her prior experience in field of law, Tricia assumed compliance responsibilities. Compliance tasks continued to become more complex and a full-time position was added in fall 2015, which Tricia accepted.
“Congratulations to Tricia on this well-deserved award! The importance of student safety and security is of utmost importance to the College and Tricia’s responsibilities are integral to ensuring we provide an environment conducive to learning,” said MMCC President, Christine Hammond.