WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education has released the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting. The guide provides step-by-step procedures, examples, and references for higher education institutions to follow in meeting the campus safety and security requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
This new version of the handbook will familiarize readers with the amended Clery Act and the new regulations that were added by HEOA. It is similar to the 2005 version but includes new examples and enhanced explanations of many topics based on questions asked of the department’s Campus Safety and Security Help Desk.
“What hasn’t changed is the handbook’s emphasis on compliance as a whole system of developing policy statements, gathering information from a variety of sources and translating it into the appropriate categories, issuing alerts, disseminating information, and, finally, keeping records,” the handbook says. “Although we address ‘you’ throughout, we want to stress that this is not a one-person job… A key ingredient in ensuring compliance is coordination - knowing who does what and when. This means that most of you will find it necessary to coordinate compliance activities with many people and offices in the campus community.”
- Additional Guidance
- Specific guidelines on emergency notification, emergency response policies and testing
- Specific guidelines on missing students
- Specific guidelines on the new fire incident reporting requirements