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Students enjoy the weather on the lawn of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A snitching smartphone?

It’s a lazy student’s nightmare and a concerned parent’s dream: technology that snitches when you skip class.

And now, it’s a reality.

Class120 is an attendance monitoring platform that uses geolocation technology to inform parents or school officials in real time when a college student skips class.

Developed by Indianapolis-based tech company Core Principle Inc, the platform tracks the location of the student’s smartphone. If the phone shows up in any location other than the student’s specific classroom at the scheduled time, Class120 will send email or text alerts to designated individuals, such as parents, coaches or academic advisors.

Scary? Maybe. But the mission is clear, according to Jeff Whorley, founder and CEO of Core Principle.

“We created Class120 because we are certain that improving class attendance will improve grades and progress toward graduation for all types of students at all types of institutions,” Whorley said in a statement.

“Our Class120 technology can help American families protect their investment in college and prevent literally billions of dollars from being wasted every year on classes that college students skip,” he said.

Whorley cites statistics from the National Student Clearinghouse that show 45 percent of U.S. college students enrolled at a traditional four-year school do not graduate within six years. Of those students, the majority leave college without a degree, while about 32 percent are still enrolled after six years, racking up more tuition bills.

The technology has been tested at more than 20 colleges and universities, according to the news release.

Class120 was featured in a Wall Street Journal article that explored various ways schools of all kinds are monitoring student attendance. WSJ reported that the notification service costs $199 per year.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.