How to Apply for the Clery Center’s 2024 Campus Safety Impact Award

The Clery Center’s Campus Safety Impact Award highlights a program or initiative that demonstrates innovation, collaboration, and equity in enhancing campus safety.

How to Apply for the Clery Center’s 2024 Campus Safety Impact Award

Now in its second year, the Clery Center’s Campus Safety Impact Award highlights a program or initiative at a higher education institution that demonstrates innovation, collaboration, and equity in enhancing campus safety.

Entries can include a longstanding or recently developed program or initiative that contributes to creating safer campus communities. All nominated program and initiatives must have been implemented at an institution of higher education at any point between 2019 and 2024.

With support from the Center’s National Advisory Council, Clery Center will assess the entries based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of significant impact in one or more of the following: reducing violence or harm, increasing access to or awareness of resources, enhancing feelings of safety, or improving policies and procedures related to safety
  • Relevance to Clery Center’s mission of creating safer campuses
  • Collaboration with cross-campus and/or off-campus partners
  • Innovation in developing new approaches to meet the evolving needs of the community
  • Commitment to advancing equity and inclusion

Entries can be submitted by an individual directly involved in the nominated program/initiative or someone who is familiar with it. The individual responsible for implementing the program will be contacted to provide additional information.

Here are some important dates/deadlines for the 2024 awards:

  • April 8 – June 5: Application open for entries
  • June 6 – July 26: Applications reviewed
  • September 12: The Clery Center Campus Safety Impact Award will be presented at the 2024 National Campus Safety Awareness Month Virtual Summit and the work of the recipients will be highlighted during the event

Earlier this year, Campus Safety interviewed Andrew Hua, the director of last year’s winning program at the University of California, San Diego. The school’s Student Affairs Case Management Services program was founded in 2014 to establish a culture of care on campus through comprehensive support services that empower students to address not only their mental health struggles but all aspects of their health and well-being.

What makes his department unique is its multi-disciplinary team, consisting of both social workers with clinical backgrounds and higher education professionals (03:03). They also offer peer-to-peer support programs for students who might not be comfortable speaking to a professional.

“I just want to say thank you for acknowledging our work, awarding us the inaugural award and our staff is ecstatic. I can’t tell you enough. We all cheered and were having a good time when it was presented to us,” Hua said of his team’s win. “And the only thing I will share is that we are grateful for the community and the practice that we have, not only with Clery, but also the many organizations. We only do the great work that we do because we are able to rely on some great professional development and professional associations, so just want to acknowledge how grateful we are for being recognized for the work that we did.”

Clery Act Compliance to Be Covered at Campus Safety Conference

At the 2024 Campus Safety Conference, happening July 8-10 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, Jenn Scott and Kyle Norton with the Healy+ Group will discuss changes in the Education Department’s Clery finding rubric and what that means for campuses in real dollars. They will also discuss pending changes to both the Clery Act and Title IX regulations, including the addition of hazing as a Clery Act crime that schools will be responsible for reporting on.

The session will address several areas of institutional risk, including emergency response policies and procedures and best practices for sending timely warnings and emergency notifications to your campus, such as:

  • Utilizing a decision matrix to make determinations
  • Developing message templates to expedite sharing information with the community
  • Educating the campus community about the message types and managing their expectations

To learn more about session takeaways or to register for the event, visit CampusSafetyConference.com.

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Amy is Campus Safety’s Executive Editor. Prior to joining the editorial team in 2017, she worked in both events and digital marketing.

Amy has many close relatives and friends who are teachers, motivating her to learn and share as much as she can about campus security. She has a minor in education and has worked with children in several capacities, further deepening her passion for keeping students safe.

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