Safety

Higher ed emergency managers' response to Boston bombings: A look back

Among the challenges were communicating quickly and reduced staffs due to state holiday

After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, emergency response teams at Boston-area colleges had to act fast. Between reaching out to the community and accounting for students and faculty running or attending the race, institutions had much to contend with that day.

Managers from Boston College, Suffolk University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston shared their experiences during a recent online forum aimed at helping administrators across the country learn about their actions in the wake of the tragedy.

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U.S. investigates handling of alleged sex assaults at USC

The Department of Education pursues an inquiry after a complaint was filed by students last spring criticizing USC's procedures in rape cases.

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Crisis management planning resources

We've all seen what can happen to a higher ed institution when a weather-related disaster strikes. The American Association of Community Colleges is helping all community colleges become more prepared for anything that comes their way with a web page of crisis planning and management resources.

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U.S. Education Dept. looks at Swarthmore's handling of sex cases

The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into whether Swarthmore College violated federal regulations in its handling of sexual harassment and assault cases on its 1,545-student Delaware County campus.

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Debate rages over Obama definition of college sexual harassment

To hear the critics tell it, President Obama wants to restrict free speech at college, interfere with campus dating and “de-eroticize” university life.

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Boston Strong: First responder spirit thrives in American higher education

As the rest of world gets on with their lives, those of us who call Massachusetts home are reminded daily of why the Bay State has always been Boston Strong. Speaking at a national interfaith service after the Marathon bombings, President Obama remarked, “We may be momentarily knocked off our feet. But we’ll pick ourselves up. We’ll keep going.

Colleges face scrutiny over sex assaults

Improving the system for reporting incidents through better communication

Sexual assault on campuses has been in the spotlight lately, leading to conversations among administrators and policymakers about improving Title IX and Clery Act compliance while better protecting students.

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University police officers must be allowed to carry guns on campus

The University of Oregon Police Department, like most university police departments, is responsible for campus safety, crime prevention and law enforcement. Before Friday, however, there was one striking difference that set this police department apart from most others: Officers serving in UOPD were prohibited by state bureaucrats from carrying firearms.

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Treat campus sexual assaults as crimes

Last Friday, University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross announced a campus security initiative to ensure sexual assault cases are properly investigated and prosecuted, and more broadly that serious campus crimes get the attention they deserve.

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University of Utah tosses proposed skateboard ban for stricter rules

Skateboarders and bikers wouldn’t get kicked off the University of Utah campus but would be subject to new rules and safety warnings.

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