Safety - IHE

IHE Safety
Higher Education

Campus safety refers to the practices and policies in place to promote a secure and protected environment at institutions of higher education (IHEs) where students feel safe from violence, harassment, the influence of substance use, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

Safe IHEs promote the protection of all students from violence, including gun and sexual violence, threats, theft, bullying and harassment, the influence of substance use, natural disasters, and other emergencies. Campus safety is linked to improved college student and institutional outcomes. In particular, emotional and physical safety are related to student well-being and academic performance.

Featured Resources

2023 Intimate Partner Violence Resource

Provides a downloadable report highlighting student parents' experiences with intimate partner violence.

Reminds colleges, universities, and schools that receive federal financial assistance of their legal responsibility under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations (Title VI) to provide all students a school environment free from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, including shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics.

Addressing Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses: Guide to a Comprehensive Model

Guide containing ideas, structures, information, and resources that can help campuses build partnerships to develop and adopt protocols and policies that more effectively treat various forms of gender-based violence (GBV) as serious offenses; ensure survivor safety and offender accountability; and implement comprehensive and culturally relevant prevention strategies. Institutions of higher learning will be equipped with the foundational knowledge necessary to build coordinated community response systems, programs, policies, and practices for effective prevention and intervention strategies

NEW Online Course: Preparing to Reunify Students With Families and Guardians Before, During, and After a School Emergency

Provides detailed guidance for forming and developing a family reunification process in the event of a school emergency. This new 30-45 minute course is freely available and includes additional information on planning basics and principles, emergency management functions, and hazards and threats.

Addresses the direct link between gun violence and the rise in violent crime while providing immediate strategies and steps for gun control and preventing gun trafficking across state lines.

EOP Assist software application (app)

Designs access to help K-12 schools and IHEs create and update high-quality school emergency operations plans (EOPS). Navigates end users through a six-step planning process recommended in the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans (School Guide) and obtains a unique and downloadable school EOP.

IACP Programs Online Training Portal

Offers courses for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals to gain knowledge and training via specific courses on school safety and other related topics.

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