10 Most Read Stories from February 2021: Healthcare Security, Title IX/Clery
February’s most popular articles covered topics such as hospital workplace violence, the future of healthcare security, and Title IX/Clery.
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It’s hard to believe it’s already March — nearly a year since the United States essentially shut down due to the threat of the coronavirus. In the past year, our top stories of the month have largely consisted of coronavirus content. We have noticed, however, in the last few months, other topics that are typically popular on Campus Safety have made their way back into the list.
And now, as vaccine rollout continues and positive case numbers decline, we expect that trend to continue as campuses prepare for reopening and refocus some attention to matters that may have been neglected due to the increasing demands that have come with battling a pandemic.
In February, hospital content made up a good chunk of our most popular stories, including the Joint Commission’s proposal of new workplace violence prevention requirements. Hospitals have been facing an increase in violent incidents for years now, and the frustration that has come from family members unable to visit sick or dying relatives or hospitals being inundated with COVID patients hasn’t helped.
Another popular story consisted of healthcare security and safety executives sharing their predictions for what these facilities will look like in the post-pandemic world. Although hospitals are still in the throes of fighting the pandemic, many are looking toward the future and seeing how lessons learned from the pandemic can be used to make their facilities even safer — long after the pandemic is over.
Unfortunately, the month of February also saw several campus shootings, including one fatal in a University of Arizona parking garage. Two of these incidents made the list this month, emphasizing the importance of addressing student safety and gun violence on campus.
The topics of Title IX and Clery made the list as well, including an article about how a consultant and former Title IX officer helped her campus navigate new Title IX regulations while also facing the challenges that came with the global pandemic.
We were very pleased to see that our Campus Safety 2021 Director of the Year finalists announcement also made this month’s top stories, landing in the #2 spot. The 17 featured campus protection professionals deserve all the recognition they can get for their dedication and hard work; their submissions were truly impressive.
By the way — the Director of the Year winners and runners-up will be announced at the Campus Safety Conference East, which will be held July 11-13 in Bethesda, Maryland.