Campus Public Safety: A Closer Look


On Monday September 30, 2013 the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center hosted a webinar that provided an in-depth review of the “A Closer Look” section of the Obama Administration’s recently released Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans and Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. These new Guides, developed by ED in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Justice (DOJ), led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Health and Human Services, represent the culmination of years of work by the Federal government.

The webinar was presented by Calvin Hodnett, who was part of the inter-agency working group that developed the guides. He has extensive special project experience and is currently responsible for developing training and technical assistance for school based law enforcement nationwide. His co-presenter was Vickie Weaver, who began her career with Rider University as a Senior Officer and was promoted to Director in 1993. She is responsible for the public safety of two campuses, coordinates the University’s emergency preparedness and response, serves on several University committees, to include the Student Affairs Leadership Team and Rider University Veterans Association, and has also served as an adjunct instructor.

This webinar provided participants with an overview of the types of campus public safety services that are most common to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and how campus public safety officials should be intricately involved in the creation of the IHE Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). By describing the critical responsibilities before, during, and after an emergency, participants will learn how to develop and implement a high-quality EOP and how the IHE EOP planning team can work with their campus public safety agency effectively.

This 39-minute webinar session included a live PowerPoint presentation, as well as a Question and Answer session following the presentation.


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