In football, a safety is worth two points. For those attending a college football game, safety is worth everything.
Once unthinkable, the act of a gunman entering a university or institute of higher education (IHE) campus with the sole intent of doing harm to faculty, staff, students and visitors has become an all too common occurrence. With this as the reality, if the call comes in that shots have been fired, is your campus adequately prepared to address the situation? Active shooter scenarios are dynamic and evolve quickly. Therefore, proper emergency management preparation and the availability of information on your campus can prove significant in promoting situational awareness and saving lives.
A mid-size university in Tennessee has the right idea when it comes to keeping its students safe. And other colleges and universities can learn a lesson from it.
In 1986, Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old student attending Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was raped and murdered in her dorm room. Her attack was one of several violent crimes that had recently occurred at the university. Jeanne’s parents sued the university and eventually took their fight to Capitol Hill, claiming that their daughter would not have attended the university had its crime record been disclosed.