College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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Campus Security Watch AN EYE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING Resource Available to Promote Mental Health and Safety on Campus IN RECENT YEARS, EVENTS LIKE THE TRAGEDIES AT VIRGINIA TECH and Northern Illinois University spurred the creation of campus teams that can both anticipate and respond to different types of campus problems or threats. More recently, the tragic shootings in Colorado brought attention to the role of campus teams. As students begin a new school year, a comprehensive guide for establishing new teams and managing existing ones is being made available to colleges and universities across the country. "Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams" is a free online resource and project of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA). The initiative is being led by The Jed Foundation, the nation's leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among America's college students. "We are incredibly proud to have been able to lead such an important project on behalf of HEMHA," says College is a critical time for mental health, and effec- tive campus teams are essential for identifying strug- gling students before problems worsen. John MacPhee, executive director of The Jed Foundation. "College is a critical time for mental health, and effective campus teams are essential for identifying strug- gling students before problems worsen. The new guide is a comprehensive tool for schools to help with their efforts to promote emotional health and protect the safety of all students." The reality is that, while violent events may generate headlines, college students are far more likely to pose a risk to themselves than to others: suicides are between 75 and 100 times more common than homicide on college campuses. Campus teams can play a crucial role in early identifi cation of problems, early intervention, and suicide prevention on college campuses. This new guide covers the full range of each team's responsibilities, from worries about a struggling student to campus safety concerns. Created with input from a group of national experts who have served on and advised teams throughout the country, the guide helps campus professionals understand all of the factors that should be considered, including team mission and scope, name, membership, functions and procedures, as well as common pitfalls and obstacles they may face. Campus professionals can access this free, downloadable resource by visiting The Jed Foundation website at Three NCAA Facilities Receive Safety Awards The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi recently presented its 2012 Facil- ity Achievement Awards. This award recognizes facilities that have performed above and beyond normal operations to demonstrate an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security. The chosen facilities may also have resolved a sig- 16 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 nifi cant safety/security issue or incident. The award is selected by each professional league and the NCAA and presented annually by a league offi cial at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition. Three NCAA facilities earned 2012 Facility Achievement Awards. They are: The Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at the University of Oklahoma, Ben Hill Griffi n Stadium at the University of Florida, and Highpoint Solutions Sta- dium at Rutgers University. New Paper on Active Shooter Situations In December of 2011, College Planning & Management's Safety & Security col- umnist Michael Dorn and Steve Satterly, Jr., began work on a research effort to ex- amine the potential benefi ts and dangers of teaching students and staff to attack an active shooter. The result of that research is Fight, Flight, or Lockdown - Teaching Students and Staff to Attack Active Shoot- ers Could Result in Decreased Casualties or Needless Deaths, a 5,000-word topical paper based on the review of numerous school shootings, forensic evaluation of school shooting cases, and the results of more than 1,700 school crisis simulations during structured interviews with more than 500 campus employees from across the U.S. The heavily cited paper documents that while there have already been instances where school staff and students have interrupted school shootings, there have also been deaths and serious injuries when students and staff attempted to confront suspects with physical contact. This topic has generated considerable interest recently due to the mass casualty shoot- ing at a movie theater in Aurora, CO, and another tragic incident at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The paper can be downloaded at no cost at resources/articles. CPM WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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