Campus Safety Online Summit Presents Vital Information on How U.S. Schools, Colleges Can Safely Reopen During COVID-19

All of the CSOS presentations are now available on-demand at no charge for campuses struggling with how to respond to the coronavirus.

Campus Safety Online Summit Presents Vital Information on How U.S. Schools, Colleges Can Safely Reopen During COVID-19

Over the past five months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced every school district and institution of higher education in America to make drastic changes to practically every aspect of campus life. The Campus Safety Online Summit (CSOS), held Tuesday and Wednesday, addressed many of the pressing concerns relating to the coronavirus and the reopening of schools. About 2,300 school and university protection practitioners registered for the event.

A wide variety of campus decision makers were in attendance, including directors/AVPs of safety and security, facilities directors, risk managers, law enforcement, student affairs, operations, emergency managers, IT/technology directors, principals, faculty/teachers, security officers and more.

The show began with the announcement of this year’s winners of the Campus Safety Director of the Year award. Eric Clay, CoxHealth’s director of public safety won the healthcare division, while the winner of the higher education division was Edgar Rodriguez, Quinnipiac University’s former chief of public safety. The K-12 sector had two protection executives who came out on top: Demario Boone, who is chief at Peoria Public Schools, and Guy Grace, who is director of security and emergency planning at Littleton Public Schools.

Both the higher ed and school divisions had runners up: Western Carolina University Chief of Police Steve Lillard and Montgomery Independent School District Chief of Police Marlon Runnels.

After that, the show featured presentations on a whole host of topics related to the pandemic, including mental health, risk management, encouraging and enforcing mask wearing and social distancing, identifying when a student or staff member might be infected, emergency operations plans, mutual aid agreements, Clery compliance, contact tracing, social media safety and what an educational institution might look like during and after COVID-19. Other topics covered included vaping and bullying detection, free speech and campus unrest, cyberbullying, verbal de-escalation, bystander intervention and more.

Additionally, event participants were treated to a wide variety of helpful resources from CSOS sponsors. When attendees visited the sponsors’ profile pages, they could enter to win fun raffle prizes, such as gift cards, Apple AirPods and free admission to one of next year’s Campus Safety Conferences.

Attendees also received a virtual swag bag and were provided with certificates of attendance.

Many participants raved about the Campus Safety Online Summit.

“This Year’s Campus Safety Conference proved that hard work and organization can overcome insurmountable conditions of a pandemic and still present members and audiences hard hitting information that is relevant to the difficulties shared by campuses nationwide,” said University of Delaware Fire Marshall Keven McSweeney.

“Nearly every workshop I attended was engaging and completely applicable to my role,” said Sonya Smith, who is the director of pupil services for the Hawthorne School District. “Thank you for a well-planned and thoughtful event.”

Although the live event has concluded, all of the presentations are now available on demand for free. To watch any or all of the presentations, click here.

Additionally, on December 1-2, Campus Safety will be holding its second Online Summit this year. Further details about the virtual event will be announced on, as well as in its newsletters.

Be sure to also save the date for next year’s in-person Campus Safety Conferences, which will be held in Las Vegas, June 14-16, 2021; Bethesda, Maryland, July 11-13, 2021; and San Antonio, Texas, July 21-23, 2021. For more information on next year’s events, visit

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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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