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Campus safety and violence prevention

Colleges and universities have a responsibility to keep students, faculty, staff and campus visitors safe. Today, campus security teams face a complex challenge in identifying risks, investigating persons or situations to assess potential threats and ultimately preventing violence and avoiding campus-wide disruption — all while maintaining the unique culture of the institution.

Create the safest possible work and learning environment

Continuous visibility of behavioral indicators

History reveals that in most incidents involving students or others at higher ed institutions, early warning signs were present. By watching for indicators of sudden and troubling behaviors such as a student or faculty member being disruptive or hostile or suspicious individuals moving around the campus, security teams can better recognize that there may be an increased risk of violent behavior.

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Coordinated interventions and responses

A multi-disciplinary approach to training, assessing threats and responding to incident reports can improve efficiencies when faced with a high-risk case and help ensure a safer campus for all. Consistent communication and connected workflows throughout the life of an investigation can also help educational institutions reduce the frequency and severity of events impacting their organization.

Informed risk and threat assessments

Structured assessment protocols can help enhance objectivity and result in better informed decisions when determining the level of risk for a reported incident or person of concern. By establishing processes for your institution’s threat assessment team, and behavioral intervention team, or CARE team, your organization will be more equipped to identify, investigate, evaluate, and intervene with persons and situations that raise concern on campus.

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Colleges and universities in Virginia, Illinois and Connecticut are required to conduct behavioral threat assessment processes to reduce risk in situations where threatening behavior has been identified. In addition, numerous states have task forces that strongly encourage these assessments, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved related standards.

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