By John Horvath and Frank Pisciotta · March 25, 2015
Protecting on-campus residences is no easy task and requires the training of staff and students, appropriate policies and procedures, and the deployment of technology.
Here are some specific ways you can address your dorm security issues.
Challenge 1: Finding creative ways to effectively educate students to recognize and report other students of concern (for violent behavior or suicide) and crime prevention in general (mandatory floor meetings do not work anymore).
- Documented security educational program for students, faculty and staff
- Multimedia, repetitive messaging
- One-on-one interaction between resident assistants and students to develop a closer personal relationship
Challenge 2: Establishing a security program that is predicated on prevention versus police response after an incident.
- Conducting a security assessment to identify the baseline threats associated with a college or university residence life program so that preventive measures can be implemented to reduce the risk.
Challenge 3: Assuring that appropriate protective and emergency planning services are provided by departments outside of residence life control.
- Establishing a design-basis threat for the residence halls and apartments
- Regular meetings and liaison with campus public safety and emergency response resources to communicate needs of residence life