The Campus Safety Conference Heads to Texas This Summer

Dallas will host one of this year’s three premier Campus Safety magazine events for school and university protection professionals.

Campus Safety magazine is once again hosting three Campus Safety Conferences (CSC) this year, the first of which is taking place at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas June 12-13. CSC Texas is partnering with the University of North Texas Dallas (UNTD) to deliver the latest information on everything from Clery compliance, after-hours emergencies, campus security technology, student safety, threat assessments, emergency preparedness, guns on campus and more.

Leading off the event will be a keynote from Dallas Community Colleges Chancellor Dr. Joe May and Dallas Independent School District (ISD) Assistant Chief Jason Rodriguez on how the July 7, 2016 ambush of Dallas police officers affected El Centro College, Dallas ISD, the Dallas Police Department and the community as a whole. They will share plans and procedures to consider when addressing violence and safety on our nation’s campuses.

Immediately following the keynote will be an expert panel discussion involving local college administrators, counselors and public safety officials that will be moderated by UNTD Department of Criminal Justice Dr. Eric Coleman on what happened during and immediately after the ambush, as well as the community’s long-term response. The first day of event will also feature outstanding presentations from other leading K-12 and higher ed security, public safety and emergency management experts.

The second day of the conference will offer in-depth workshops on Clery Annual Security Reports and communication strategies during a crisis. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in table top exercises that will provide real-life, role-playing emergency response experience.

In addition to the educational presentations, attendees will be provided with networking opportunities and a sponsor showcase featuring the latest products and services that schools and universities can adopt to address their most vexing public safety issues.

KEYNOTE: Making a Difference in Safety at our Campuses

Dr. Joe May, Chancellor Dallas Community Colleges
Assistant Chief Jason Rodriguez, Dallas ISD

The impact of the Dallas Shootings on El Centrol College and the Community

The shootings in Dallas last year shook the nation and the campus protection community to its core. This keynote will take a look back at the events from July 7, 2016 and how it affected El Centro College, the Dallas lndependent School District, the Dallas PD and the Community as a whole. You’ll hear the procedures and responses that took place during this incident and the days immediately following.

ln addition, the presenters will share plans and procedures to consider when addressing violence and safety moving forward on our nation’s campuses. This presentation will honor, challenge, support and inspire participants in their current public safety roles and serve as a catalyst for discussion and idea exchange.

Expert Forum: Lessons Learned from the Dallas Shooting at El Centro College

Moderator: Dr. Eric Coleman, Department of Criminal Justice, University of North Texas at Dallas

Expert panel discussion involving local college administrators, counselors and public safety officials on what happened during and immediately after the ambush, as well as the community’s long-term response.

International Students on Campus: Why Should a Chief Care?

Daniel Dusseau, Director Public Safety/Chief of Police, Northern Virginia Community College
John Weinstien, Commander, District 3, Northern Virginia Community College Police Department

There are an estimated one million international students on college campuses in the United States. This influx has grown significantly and brings new challenges for police officials. Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is one of the largest Community Colleges in the United States and has a diverse student population. With thousands of international students at its campuses, NOVA has experienced significant issues and has learned lessons in areas such as: tailoring student outreach to international students to protect them (which includes cultural and constitutional concerns); student immigration fraud involving businesses; and terrorists enrolled at the college.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will learn some basic signs of immigration fraud and to prevent unknown, potentially dangerous persons from being at their schools.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will understand how specific outreach efforts to international students, with an emphasis on prevention of violations of laws and policies, may serve both the student and the college.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will be able to identify and address cultural differences that may undermine the trust of international students toward police, as well as identify national, state and school processes that address student concerns.

Teaching and Promoting Emergency Preparedness to Students

Allison Carlock, Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Schools must ensure student safety in the event of an emergency or disaster, and they are also uniquely positioned to reach youth with preparedness messages. This makes it critical that administrators and educators know how to prepare children before a disaster occurs and that they know how to address signs of trauma afterwards.

This interactive presentation will share resources and tools for schools and discuss the importance of youth preparedness, communicating clearly about disasters and preparedness with children and identifying signs of trauma to implement appropriate coping strategies. In addition, the speaker will walk attendees through parts of FEMA’s Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. This will enable attendees to use the program’s instructor guide, ready-to-teach lesson materials and activities and STEP It Up with the Disaster Dodgers video series. The session will then conclude with information for individuals or schools that are starting or running youth preparedness programs, including how to get direct support through the FEMA Youth Preparedness Technical Assistance Center.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify examples of programs and resources available for teaching preparedness to students and ways their school can promote youth preparedness.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify the effect disasters can have on children and learn how to recognize and mitigate those effects.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will better understand how children can impact school and community emergency preparedness.

Aligning Security Goals with Fire and Life Safety Goals in Schools and Universities

Randy Atlas, President, Atlas Safety & Security Design Inc.

This session addresses emerging code changes in National Fire Protection Association 730 Premises Security and NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code) as it relates to classroom locking systems intended to protect students and teachers during an active shooter situation. Design and technology choices must comply with fire safety regulations but still allow the school or university to be locked down without impeding the actions of first responders.

Recent code changes are having a sizable impact on the security and life safety system in school environments. Architects are being asked to design locking door systems and are faced with managing the conflicting goals of lockdown, shelter in place and occupant evacuation. But in an active shooter situation, will the classroom locks prevent law enforcement and EMS from entering? Will a hostage situation develop because the criminal is using the defensive door locks offensively? While schools are now designed for security and life safety, this session provides information on the emerging and sometimes controversial market of hardware decisions, doors, glazing, and mass notification systems and the applicable building codes that must be complied with. This session provides an interactive and collaborative approach to successfully integrating school security while providing the ability for first responders and police to gain unencumbered access to mitigate the situation.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will be able to access the correct information on how to lock classroom doors in the event of an emergency and learn if security products being marketed to architects and schools comply with existing egress standards.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will be able to have access to best practices for school visitor management systems so schools can properly secure their front lobbies and entrances by combining building design, video surveillance, guest management systems, policies and procedures, and staff training.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will be able to identify the key components of a compliant, attractive and secure school front entrance.

Countering Violent Extremism: Separating Free Speech Issues from People Who Present a Danger to Your Campus

Stephen Lopez, Chief of Police, New Mexico State University Police Department

College and university campuses are often viewed as either a recruiting ground for violent extremists or a soft target for said extremists. However, they are also a place where diverse thoughts and opinions are encouraged and free speech is treasured. This session will provide participants with an understanding of the importance of bystander reporting of extremist behavior and how to distinguish between someone who is merely exercising their right to free speech as opposed to someone who is on the pathway toward violence. It will also provide tips on how to engage campus communities in identifying and reporting potentially violent extremists.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will be able to identify the difference between free speech and violent extremism.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will be able to identify key investigative steps in determining whether someone is on the pathway toward violence.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will be able to identify approaches to use to engage the larger campus community in identifying and reporting individuals who are preparing to engage in violent extremism.

Threat Assessment, Mental Health and Behavioral Intervention Teams

Peggy Mitchell Clarke, Curriculum Author & Certified Executive Instructor, SSI Guardian

Do you know what to do when a student exhibits behaviors that are inappropriate or constitute a danger to themselves or others? Do you have a process in place to respond when a student exhibits behaviors that may be indicators of a mental health problem? A Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multidisciplinary group that meets regularly and receives and tracks reports of disruptive, problematic, or concerning behavior or misconduct. The BIT also performs threat assessments and provides intervention, support and appropriate follow up. Whether used in a K-12, higher education or workplace environment, the focus of a BIT is on caring and prevention before an incident occurs. This session will provide an overview of the composition and function of a Behavioral Intervention Team and make recommendations for the type of training BIT members should receive. An example illustrating mental health concerns, threat assessment, appropriate case management and community referrals will be shared.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will understand the composition and function of a Behavioral Intervention Team and the type of training BIT members should receive.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will identify effective strategies for assessing threats involving mental health problems.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will examine the case management role of a Behavioral Intervention Team and identify appropriate interventions, responses and support resources

Parent-Child Reunification after a Crisis

Gary Sigrist, CEO & President, Safeguard Risk Solutions, LLC

After a school-based crisis or emergency, school leaders and their local first responder partners will be faced with the daunting challenge of reuniting scared students with their equally scared parents. This process can easily overwhelm local resources if proper planning has not been addressed. This session is designed to familiarize participants with the components of an effective parent-child reunification plan. Participants will return to their school able to analyze their current plans and capabilities to improve their school’s parent-child reunification plans.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will identify the key areas of a parent-child reunification plan.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will list forms and other resources necessary to conduct parent-child reunification.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will engage in activities designed to prepare for parent-child reunifications in local schools or districts.

After Hours Emergencies: Who Is In Charge?

Robby Ball, Coordinator, Educational Support Services, Emergency Management, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

During the school day, plans are in place to keep staff and students safe. But what about before and after school or on trips? Who do you call, who is in charge and where do you go?

This session will help campus security professionals put plans together for before and after K-12 school activities to train sponsors, coaches, fine arts directors, etc., on what needs to be addressed, why it is important and putting a plan together that all personnel can easily follow.

Robby will also cover the basics of emergency planning during the school day and how this planning can be utilized in other areas.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will take away an ability to make a plan for events that occur after school. This plan will include training sponsors, coaches and teachers on where to go, who to call and how to keep calm during an emergency.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will learn the importance of planning and training all faculty and workers, and how this training can help facilitate a safe venue and event.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will take away resources that are being utilized to prepare students and staff for an emergency event.

The Benefits of Integrating Audio and Video Solutions on Campus

James Marcella, Director, Technical Services, Axis Communications
Kevin Wren, Security Director, Rock Hill School District

Video surveillance has traditionally been used to verify incidents after the fact. That mindset is rapidly changing as video analytics mature to a point where cameras can proactively alert security professionals who can then intervene in real-time. Having audio as an integrated part of a video surveillance system can also be an invaluable addition to a school’s ability to detect and interpret events and emergency situations. The ability of audio to cover a 360-degree area enables a video surveillance system to extend its coverage beyond a camera’s field of view.

Today, audio can also be used to provide security professionals with the ability to not only listen in on an area, but also communicate orders or requests to visitors or intruders. Audio-enabled access control — that is, a remote ‘doorman’ at an entrance — is another area of application especially relevant for educational institutions, which need to be secure but available after hours.

This session will share real-world examples of how audio combined with video can help officers respond to security situations on campus and intervene in real-time.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will learn how audio can be integrated with video solutions.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will understand how audio solutions could benefit different parts of their campus.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will recognize opportunities to enhance their current security plan with audio.

How UT Implemented Campus Carry

Chief David Carter - UNT Austin

In June of 2015, the Governor of Texas signed into law a statute that authorized the carrying of concealed handguns on the University of Texas campus.

This session will review the background of the law and the history of guns on the University of Texas, Austin campus, provide an understanding of the Texas Campus Concealed Carry Law and show the pathway to implement that law across a campus of 53,000 students and 17,000 staff and faculty members.

This discussion will include an Illustration of the decision making process and give recommendations on how to deal with the campus community. Recommendations include the establishment of a website featuring Frequently Asked Questions, emails to the campus, town halls meetings, interviews with the media and the development of a training packet for the campus.

The presenter will also discuss the development of campus carry guidance. For any institution that is facing a campus carry law this session will save hundreds of hours in research and planning.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will develop an understanding of the Texas Concealed Carry Law and its impact on a university campus.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will develop an understanding of the process used by the University of Texas to develop policies and rules
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will develop an understanding of the communications process used to implement a concealed carry law on a major university campus.

Creating Your Annual Security Report

Laura Egan, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Clery Center

Under the Clery Act, colleges and universities must distribute an annual security report (ASR) to current students and employees by Oct. 1. Join the Clery Center for a workshop on the annual security report to review the required content of the ASR as well as when, how, and to whom it should be distributed. The content will incorporate 2016 Department of Education guidance within the updated Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting.

Throughout the workshop, participants will analyze their existing content with the guidance of an instructor and receive feedback from other participants in order to determine compliance and identify changes to the report upon their return to campus. Participants will leave the session with a concrete action plan for making any necessary updates to their annual security reports.

Participants should bring:

  • The most recent copy of their institution’s ASR
  • Relevant campus policies they may want to reference

The Clery Center encourages institutions to send collaborative teams to learn how different offices on campus can contribute to the annual security report.

  • Learning Objective 1: Communicate the elements of the annual security report
  • Learning Objective 2: Review elements of Clery Act compliance and connect them back to ASR policy statements
  • Learning Objective 3: Assess individual campus annual security report
  • Learning Objective 4: Learn and receive tools for collaboration with multiple departments to create the ASR
  • Learning Objective 5: Understand the modes of distribution of the ASR

Role Playing Emergency Tabletop Exercise

Paul Timm, President, RETA Security, Inc.

During any crisis, it is important to be able to draw from all available resources. The special skills, training and capabilities of staff will play a vital role in coping with the effects of any disaster, and they will be of paramount importance during and after a major or catastrophic event.

Participants in this workshop will be placed in tabletop teams and be assigned specific roles (e.g. spokesperson, scribe, stakeholder). Once the rules and the emergency scenarios are provided, participants will have facilitated and timed discussions with Q&A time among their teams. Each team will then provide scenario updates throughout the exercise.

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will play a role in a tabletop exercise that they can bring back to their own campus.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will learn how to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative environment that promotes the exchange of different ideas in the context of a real scenario.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will learn how to affirm stakeholder contribution, reinforce existing emergency procedures and deliver constructive feedback.

Leading Through Communication: When “IT” Hits the Fan

Rick Kaufman, APR, Exec. Director/Community Relations & Emergency Management, Bloomington Public Schools (ISD 271)

School safety is a top of mind concern for parents, staff and educational leaders. With few exceptions, our schools and communities are faced with the dilemma of protecting the integrity of the learning environment. These school safety concerns are not new. The challenges are real. In this session, participants will explore a range of communication strategies and tools, and apply them to real-life scenarios in table-top group interactions. The session will be facilitated by one of the foremost authorities on crisis communication and the principal author of the all new fourth edition of The Complete Crisis Communication Management Manual for Schools (NSPRA, 2016).

  • Learning Objective 1: Attendees will explore a range of communication strategies and tools.
  • Learning Objective 2: Attendees will learn the importance of social media in a crisis, including keys to successful implementation.
  • Learning Objective 3: Attendees will learn why communication is the foundation of any crisis planning, implementation, management and recovery effort.