Bill Would Mandate Threat Assessment Teams at Connecticut Colleges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

To help tighten security and have personnel at the state’s colleges who can help identify students who may be at risk to themselves or others, lawmakers voted out of committee a bill Tuesday that mandates threat assessment teams on each of the campuses.

State Rep. Roberta Willis, D-Salisbury, co-chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, said the colleges have to have a security protocol plan in place by October, which would be sent to the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

Its purpose would be to heighten awareness by all faculty and staff regarding potentially at-risk students and other individuals and how to respond to them.

The bill now goes to the Senate floor and then the House.

If approved, no later than January 2014, each of the public colleges and the 25 independent institutions of higher education in Connecticut would have to establish trained assessment teams that would include individuals picked by the president in consultation with its chief of police or heads of campus safety, from the administration, faculty and staff.

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