2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit Focuses on COVID Response, Threat Assessments, Civil Unrest and More

Miss any of last December’s Campus Safety Online Summit? The sessions are still available at no charge.

2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit Focuses on COVID Response, Threat Assessments, Civil Unrest and More

Whether schools or institutions of higher education held online classes, in-person classes or a combination of both in response to the coronavirus, campus protection professionals have had their hands full over the last six months since CS held its Campus Safety Online Summit (CSOS) last summer.

Security, public safety, emergency management and technology practitioners have had to quickly adjust to the ever-changing issues posed by COVID-19, such as how to effectively contact trace those who are exposed to infected individuals, how to properly quarantine students who test positive and how to transition to distance learning when spikes in infections occurred. Threat assessments of students who are taking online classes and mental health issues have posed other challenges. Additionally, campus protection professionals faced and continue to face the protests and calls to reform the police in response to the in-custody death of George Floyd this summer. And let’s not forget the new Title IX rules that went into effect this August… in the middle of a pandemic, no less.

These and many other topics were covered in last week’s 2020 Fall/Winter CSOS sessions, and attendees’ response was overwhelmingly positive.


“Outstanding , you guys rock. I cannot say enough about yesterday. Just overwhelmed with information,” said one CSOS attendee.

Many of the attendees also appreciated the format of the summit.

“One of the nicest advantages was I did not have to sit all day in front of my computer as I could come back to the sessions and watch the recording at another time,” said another attendee. “I think this is very important as we are all busy and this was very convenient.”

Marisa Randazzo, PhD, who is Chief Executive Officer of SIGMA Threat Management Associates, kicked off the CSOS with her opening keynote, titled “Working Threat Assessment Cases in a Virtual Environment.” She received rave reviews.

“This was a very timely topic considering we are living through a pandemic,” said an attendee. “Conducting Behavior Threats in a virtual environment, is critical to overall student safety and mental fitness. Thank you Campus Safety for this awesome and informative speaker.”

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The 2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit educational sessions and sponsor profiles can now be viewed on-demand by clicking on this logo.

Day 2’s keynote on “How to Stay Motivated and Effective When You’re Overwhelmed” from Stacy Ettel also received enthusiastically positive reviews.

“This was AWESOME!!! I Am Pumped up right now,” said one attendee.

Another said, “I will definitely use this information to reevaluate where I am in my life and strive to have significance in others. This was one of the best motivational webinars I have attended.”

So far, there were more than 2,250 CSOS registrants and more than 7,560 session views. (If you missed the CSOS, you can still watch all 18 sessions on-demand.)

In addition to the educational programs, attendees viewed CSOS sponsor profile pages where they learned about the latest security, public safety and emergency management technologies available on the market. Attendees also entered to win valuable raffle prizes. Campus Safety thanks the following sponsors:

2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit Keynote Sponsors

DriftNet Securities

Our mission is develop the most innovative technological solutions to keep our communities safe. Forget everything you know about security, because we’ve reinvented it. For more information, please visit https://www.driftnetsecurities.com/. View DriftNet’s Sponsor Profile.


NAPCO offers a full range of security & access control solutions for any educational door, building or campus including locking, door access, alarms & integrated access security & video. Free SAVI self-diagnostic checklist to find your security’s vulnerabilities and quantify best next-steps to take or for a free SAVI Security Analysis, www.savischool.com. View NAPCO’s Sponsor Profile.

2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit General Session Sponsors

HID Global

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. For more information, please visit https://www.hidglobal.com/. View HID Global’s Sponsor Profile.


Transact enables a connected experience across the spectrum of student life. We partner with institutions to deliver a mobile-centric, personalized student and family experience both on and off-campus. For more information, visit www.TransactCampus.com. View Transact’s Sponsor Profile.

 2020 Fall/Winter Campus Safety Online Summit Registration Sponsor

Motorola Solutions

At Motorola Solutions, we have created the mission-critical ecosystem you need to build a safer school environment. Combining voice, video, software and services, our ecosystem helps you not only respond and manage both the everyday and the critical emergencies, but to recognize patterns, anticipate actions and help prevent situations as they develop. The breadth of solutions bridges the key areas of risk which often thrive in the unknown and the unseen. They provide schools with the capabilities to detect, analyze, communicate and respond to potential incidents. Through the power of the ecosystem, schools are better equipped to prevent security threats from becoming tragedies. By enabling modern incident management, they ensure that students are safer and personnel can focus on the job at hand. For more information, visit http://www.motorolasolutions.com/education. View Motorola’s Sponsor Profile.

CSOS Silver Sponsors

Gary Sigrist Jr., CEO and President of Safeguard Risk Solutions (right), was a panelist on “Redefining the Role of Law Enforcement in School Safety
General Session: COVID-19: What Will School Safety and Security Look Like in 2021?” at the 2020 Fall/Winter CSOS. Amy Reddington (left) moderated some of the sessions.

CSOS Standard Sponsors

  • A3 Communications
  • Aiphone
  • Conference on Crimes Against Women
  • Eagle Eye Networks
  • FirstNet
  • KeyTrak
  • Meerkat Technologies Inc.
  • Ominilert
  • Telecor

All 18 educational sessions and sponsor pages from the 2020 Fall/Winter CSOS can still be viewed online for free. Additionally, certificates of attendance are still available to those who complete the programs.


And don’t forget to check out the holiday video featuring photos submitted by CSOS attendees! Watch the video.


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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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