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

Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Making higher education a more safe, inclusive, and respectful place where everyone can work and learn. The Action Collaborative brings together leaders from academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment and promoting a campus climate of civility and respect.

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. 

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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