Safety

Lecture capture: Privacy, please

Colleges work to create policies and guidelines for instructors

While the benefits of lecture capture and the flipped classroom model have caught widespread attention in higher ed, it is crucial to note its risks—particularly in the area of privacy and copyright violations.

Will Title IX crackdown make students safer?

Sexual violence and harassment investigations pick up

The controversy over campus officials’ handling of sexual assault complaints may have reached a tipping point in May when the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released a list of 55 colleges under investigation for possible violations of Title IX.

Then, 32 more schools were revealed as under investigation, though not for incidents directly related to sexual violence.

5 ways to manage college visitors

Strategies for keeping the campus secure while maintaining a community feel

As violent crime has steadily increased on college campuses in the last three decades, institutional leaders have reacted by creating more stringent policies to restrict visitors from entering their academic, administrative and residential buildings.

Reducing campus crime through visitor management programs

Colleges see results after tightening security measures

One way to determine if a visitor management program is successful is to measure whether it has reduced crime on campus.

Since the University of Southern California in 2012 enclosed its campus with fencing and shut down access to visitors each night, the number of thefts occurring between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. has dropped by nearly 50 percent, says David Carlisle, deputy chief at the university’s Department of Public Safety.

Automating Inspection Report Generation

Environmental, Health and Safety Office

The Texas A&M Health Science Center’s Environmental, Health and Safety Office is responsible for inspecting facilities and laboratories across eight campuses in the Texas A&M University System.

Sexual assaults on campus: Journalist talks about “frustrating search for justice”

Kristen Lombardi, lead journalist on landmark sex assault report, says she's startled to see “statistics that haven’t changed in decades”

In January, President Obama launched the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to help colleges and universities combat what he called “the prevalence of rape and sexual assault at our nation’s institutions of higher education.” The announcement came as a growing number of young women have filed federal complaints against colleges around the country over the mishandling of sexual assault cases.

What about prevention?

Higher ed must adopt stronger policies and practices to prevent sexual assault

Recently, the White House Council on Women and Girls issued a report pledging to “make our campuses safer” from sexual assault.

According to their research, “1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted while she’s in college,” a troubling statistic which the authors explain by “the dynamics of college life.” Female undergraduates, we are told, are abused while intoxicated by men whom they know in passing.

Title IX: Responding to sexual harassment and violence incidents

Confronting these emotionally laden, incendiary events requires an even-handed and fearless approach

A senior administrator recently described the issues related to sexual misconduct as a dormant volcano that lies beneath main administration buildings on campuses across the country. This is a sentiment echoed by many administrators committed to successfully responding to issues of sexual violence and harassment, but sometimes uncertain how to get there. With prevalence rates high and reporting rates low, colleges face challenges in designing and implementing effective responses. But an integrated institutional plan can help.

Creating real-time interaction in higher education

How digital signage builds a sense of community across the institution

As the world becomes more connected, it is changing the way we view information and interact with it. By 2014, it is estimated there will be approximately 2 billion computers, 5 billion smartphones, 7 billion people, and 10 billion smart devices. Smart devices are all around us; they are in our home, our car, our office and our schools, virtually everywhere we look.

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Colleges put safety in community's hands

Most colleges and universities across the country average between 1.8 and three full-time security officers per 1,000 students, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Justice study. To compensate for this limited police presence, a growing number of institutions are launching two-way texting services and special cell phone apps that give students, faculty, and staff another tool to report suspicious activity.

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