Campus Safety is Continual
In the wake of the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech colleges and universities across the country reviewed their emergency procedures and response systems and pursued new and enhanced processes and technologies to improve communications and mobilization. The shootings also spurred renewed discussion and debate about gun safety and weapons regulation, mental health counseling, and the often difficult balance between student privacy and parental and community “need-to- know” (Rossi and Jordan, 2007; Shuchman, 2007).
Today, the need for assessment and re-examination of safety and security policies, procedures and practices continue to to be a high priority for college and university presidents. The recent shootings of several University of California of Santa Barbara students is indicative of the difficulties and perplexities in trying to protect the young men and women pursuing higher education goals across the America. However, our efforts to protect our students must continue with a sense of urgency and diligence as never before.
The Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. Section 1092(f), with implementing regulations in the U.S. Code of Federal regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46.
The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000 per violation, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.
The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.
Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team
L. K. James and Associates is available to assist universities and colleges design a Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team using a collaborative multi-disciplinary approach toward the team's formation and implementation on the campus.
Behavioral Assessments can help universities and colleges be proactive during these times of active shooter scenarios and other campus-wide threats.