Safety

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.

Colleges put safety in community's hands

Mobile devices allow the whole community to be campus safety’s eyes and ears

Police officers at the University of South Florida sprung into action one afternoon last February when a text message flashed on a computer screen at the campus 911 operations center, alerting the dispatcher that a student had a .25-caliber pistol in his dorm room.

New approach toward bystander education

Middle Tennessee State hopes to create neighborhood watch-like atmosphere

On college campuses, students are often reluctant to report a crime, whether it’s being committed by a fellow classmate or a stranger.

One way to combat this problem is for universities to train bystanders on the need to do something when a potential crime or suspicious activity occurs, says Middle Tennessee State University Police Chief Buddy Peaster.

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College, local first responders implement on-campus emergency exercise

A child is abducted from a local middle school. The abductor flees to a local college campus, where he crashes into another car resulting in the death of two students. He runs into a wooded area with his hostage. A manhunt begins, an employee is shot, and additional people are taken hostage inside an academic building. These events were all part of a well-scripted drill, not an actual tragedy. Nevertheless, anxiety ran high.

College and local first responders go far beyond tabletop emergency exercise

Hamilton College and New York emergency response agencies team up for extensive drill

A child is abducted from a local middle school. The abductor flees to a local college campus, where he crashes into another car resulting in the death of two students. He runs into a wooded area with his hostage. A manhunt begins, an employee is shot, and additional people are taken hostage inside an academic building.

These events were all part of a well-scripted drill, not an actual tragedy. Nevertheless, anxiety ran high.

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Salem State U. locked down after man stabs two people on shuttle bus

Salem State University students and faculty were ordered to shelter in place after a student and a driver were stabbed aboard a shuttle bus. The school also cancelled classes Wednesday.

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