While it is true that the number of transformative tech implementations at campuses is growing – and delivering impressive results – there are many examples that indicate some new technologies have not quite lived up to their promise. And, there are many reasons why.
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership at the private college began exploring how they could safely resume on-campus classes in the fall of 2020 and maintain operations should isolated parts of the community contract COVID-19.
With 80 million students in schools across the United States, it’s becoming increasingly important that schools take advantage of the rapidly advancing technology available to them.
Advances in IP technology have greatly improved physical security solutions and have allowed the industry to move toward getting systems to work together. fiis has been especially important for large corporate, health and educational campuses.
Campus Security & Life Safety magazine announced the 2021 winners of its Secure Campus Awards this week. The awards honor outstanding campus security services and products.
The COVID pandemic has changed how we educate young people in this country.
- By Kevin Brown, Alok Jain
Schools in Columbus, Ohio, are reopening without city police officer presence for the first time in 25 years, reports The Columbus Dispatch. The contract between Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Division of Police expired on June 30 of last year, and despite multiple attempts to renegotiate, a new one has yet to be signed.
Last week, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill set to take effect on April 10 that revokes the statewide mask mandate. On the campus of Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, however, wearing masks will still be required through the end of the Spring 2021 semester.
Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., will consider restructuring the duties of the Department of Safety and Security, including the University Police, after receiving the results of an external review of the department.
According to data recently released by the state of Michigan, K-12 schools are the leading site of COVID outbreaks in the state. However, state and school officials caution that these statistics can be misleading.
A member of the Texas House of Representatives introduced a bill to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence that would grant a level of immunity from liability to armed school security personnel in the event of a public safety incident.
The State Center Community College District (SCCCD), based in Fresno, Calif., has selected AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management System to provide its security needs across all of its campuses.
Kent State University, located in Kent, Ohio, is putting on its first-ever KSU Safety Awareness Week from March 22 through March 26. A daily series of virtual presentations focus on topics like fire safety, general safety and security, first aid, mental health awareness, water safety, and more.
Duquesne University, located in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced this week that it will resume a “full, on-campus learning environment and regular student life operations” for the fall semester. During the summer, it will integrate faculty and staff back into offices and buildings and make any updates to campus necessary to optimize health and safety practices.
A school resource officer from an elementary school in Westminster, S.C., was fired last week following an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department.
Critical communication and collaboration technology platform Rave Mobile Safety has announced that it supports compliance with Virginia’s Marcus Alert System. The Marcus Alert was established to provide mental health awareness resources and community understanding services around the state, and it was named for a man shot and killed by a police officer while experiencing a mental health episode in 2018.
The University of California, Davis is offering its students a monetary incentive to stay home for spring break. Students who opt for a quiet “staycation” over a more traditional college spring break experience will receive $75 in gift cards. The offer comes as the U.S. approaches the one-year anniversary of coronavirus-related shutdowns and restrictions all around the country.
Central Oregon Community College, located in Bend, Ore., announced this week that it is putting its entire staff of public safety officers on paid administrative leave during an independent, third-party review of department operations. The university declined to comment on the immediate reason for the investigation.
On Wednesday, March 10, the Northeastern Illinois University campus in Chicago, Ill., was locked down after what police called a “shootout” took place in a campus parking lot. There were no reported injuries.
Last week, the Utah Senate passed a bill aiming to improve campus safety at colleges around the state. However, a provision for a student-led commission that would have helped provide input and recommendations to lawmakers was removed from the bill before its approval.
Following Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he was revoking the statewide mask mandate the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has updated its public health guidelines for state schools.
On Tuesday, March 2, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that all Texas businesses will be allowed to reopen to 100% capacity and that he is rescinding the statewide mask mandate. School district superintendents around the state, who say they received no advance warning of the policy change, were left to craft their own regulations as parents and teachers waited expectantly for guidance.
President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday, March 2, that the U.S. is on track to have a vaccine supply sufficient for all adults by the end of May. In the same speech, he also stated that educators—including teachers, childcare workers, and school staff—will be given priority to receive the vaccine in the effort to reopen schools for in-person learning. Biden set the goal to have all such adult workers receive at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of March.
A police officer was shot and killed following a confrontation at a high school basketball game on Friday, Feb. 26, in New Orleans, La.
North Carolina law enforcement officers are urging caution after the recovery of a kidnapped 14-year-old girl who communicated with her abductor through a school-issued computer.
Last week, an ex-Pomona city councilman was sentenced after pleading no contest to one felony charge of possession of child sexual abuse material and one misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child. Rubio Gonzalez, 45, faces three years of probation (two years of felony probation and one year of summary probation) and a minimum of one year of counseling. Gonzalez is also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Saturday in a highly partisan vote. The bill now heads to the Senate where—if it passes—it is expected to do so by a similarly razor-thin margin. However, despite significant opposition to the aid package within the halls of Congress, local officials around the country from both parties have expressed support for the federal aid that would come nearly a year into the global pandemic.
At its Feb. 23 meeting, the UNC System Board of Governors approved raising the student fee for campus security. It’s set to change from $30 to $57 per student.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, a University of Arizona student was shot and killed in an on-campus parking garage. The Tucson Police Department is currently investigating the death as a homicide. As students returned to campus on Monday, their attention turned to how campus security and safety measures could prevent another similar incident.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a bill into law expanding the rights of law-abiding gun owners in the state. House Bill 102 allows the concealed carry of firearms for self-protection without requiring written authorization from the government (that is, a concealed-carry license). Most relevantly, the new law dictates that the Montana University System adopt the looser restrictions by June 1.