By Eesha Kashif It is clear that for the past few months, schools and universities have been deeply uncertain regarding the course of action they are to take regarding their fall 2020 reopening plans. While some colleges announced that they had no intent to resume in-person classes for fall 2020 and were going to continue … Continue reading Residence Halls Are Open! Sort Of… A Tale of a Liberal Arts University in New England
By Eesha Kashif There is a lyric from an old song that goes “Do you know what it’s like to not know a single thing about yourself and it’s all your fault”. Thanks to the unprecedented circumstances in light of the outbreak of COVID 19, I have been reflecting deeply on the ways in which … Continue reading Title IX: New Rules and Realities
Our friends and colleagues at NASPA’s Culture of Respect, the organization’s signature initiative for addressing campus sexual violence, recently introduced the Title IX Technical Assistance Project (T9TAP), a service that provides individualized support and technical assistance in implementing the new Title IX rule. Along with robust technical assistance, T9TAP also helps colleges and universities think beyond simple … Continue reading Title IX Technical Assistance Project (T9TAP) – NASPA’s Culture of Respect
Below is a template that we created after researching several different formats of essential personnel letters. We provided this to several schools and it is free for you to use, just let us know who you are! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need any assistance. LOGO/LETTERHEAD # 1 Month DD, YYYY SUBJECT: … Continue reading Template – Letter of Designation and Access for Essential Personnel | GoodIvy
As you are considering accessing federal financial assistance for your school, it is important to understand that accepting government money comes with several significant compliance issues including Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, and other laws. Many schools are not ready for this change in compliance requirements.
There are lots of places to go for guidance and information for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Here is a great video of an expert panel at NAIS discussing legal and risk management aspects. NAIS Panel on COVID-19NAIS Website with Resources and Guidance Reach out to us if you need any help planning or organizing a response.
Recently, I have been in a few discussions where people have asked about the difference between a Lockdown and a Shelter-In-Place. In the context of schools, both are options for protecting students, faculty, staff, and visitors during emergencies. A Shelter-In-Place is used to keep our community members safe from danger outside of the school buildings … Continue reading Lockdowns vs Shelter-In-Place in Schools
Say what you do; Do what you say. That's it, that's the hack for effective risk management. Get good counsel and write/follow your policies, protocols, and handbooks. Without this, you are driving blind and that doesn't end well.
Every organization has a culture. One aspect of organizational culture is the safety culture. For safety in organizations, culture is more important than the hardware. The safety culture is the set of perceptions about the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks that exist in the workplace and community. Preventable safety issues and emergencies in organizations are often … Continue reading Safety Culture: What Is Yours?
Safety and emergency management are important areas for all schools. There are lots of marketing efforts put into selling hardware and other solutions to education leaders. While door locking mechanisms, bullet-resistant windows, lockdown blinds, and related hard-security items can be helpful the financial, labor, organizational, political, administrative, and community cost needed for this type of … Continue reading School Safety: Culture Over Hardware