Use Government Best Practices When Preparing for Campus Emergencies
In this free whitepaper, learn how technology and system-wide solutions can help unite emergency management across not only a single campus, but also between satellite campuses
In 1986, a 19-year-old student named Jeanne Clery was violently assaulted and murdered in her Lehigh University dorm room. Her attack was one of several violent crimes that occurred at the university around the same period of time. Clery’s parents sued the university, claiming their daughter would not have attended the school had its crime record been disclosed. They also petitioned Capitol Hill to pass legislation to protect students.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to disclose security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and employees about crimes and immediate campus threats.
Fortunately, colleges and universities do not have to start from scratch with their emergency management departments. The federal government, along with state and local governments, has been refining emergency best practices for years.
The Cleary Act forced colleges and universities to think about student safety in a more proactive manner. The Clery Act helped these organizations understand that awareness is a step toward preparedness and prevention, which, in turn, revealed the undeniable fact that campuses have needs that extend far beyond security.
- Government Emergency Management
- Evolution of Emergency Operations
- Preparedness planning
- Why Higher Education Should be using Web-based Systems to Respond to Emergencies