Physical Safety - IHE

Physical Safety
Higher Education

Physical safety refers to incidents like physical and sexual violence, crime, hazing, high-risk drinking, drug use, and fires that can put college students in danger and make them feel unsafe.

College students need to feel safe in order to learn. When students feel secure, they are free to focus on courses and extracurricular activities without fearing for their safety. Unsafe physical conditions threaten the environment in which students learn, work, and live. While campus crime has been declining in recent years, there are still threats to students’ safety every day.

Institutions of higher education (IHEs) have a responsibility to keep students, faculty, and staff safe on campus. Students also need to be physically safe when exploring the community surrounding campus. Campus police, security, and public safety can collaborate with local law enforcement and fire departments to create safe campus-community environments.

In addition to keeping students safe, IHEs must also have policies and procedures in place for students to report threats to their safety and support them in the aftermath of incidents.

Featured Resources

Staying Safe on Campus: A Guide for Families

Staying Safe on Campus: A Guide for Families is designed for those looking to make informed decisions about their child's safety and well-being on a college campus.

Policing on Campus

Tackles the institutionalization of policing in higher education campus safety and management. 

Minimum Standards of Training for Campus Security Personnel and Campus Disciplinary and Judicial Boards

To address violence against women on IHE campuses, Congress created the Grants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus Program (Campus Program) to develop and strengthen effective security and investigation strategies to prevent and prosecute domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking on campuses and to develop and strengthen victim services in cases involving such crimes against women on campuses. These guidelines and standards are created to be expanded upon as an individual campus deems appropriate or tailored specifically to meet the needs of an

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

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