When a student is a risk to themselves or others, what do you do? What if your institution cannot continue to take the risk of having the student on campus? I argue (and so do many others…) that educational institutions need to think about these issues and develop plans to address them. Specifically, schools need … Continue reading Threat Assessment and Removing Students From Campus: What Risk Do You Want?
This is a longer post but I hope reviewing the work of a real education institution's emergency management and campus safety work is helpful. This is an overview of the emergency management and campus safety work that I did at Utah State University (USU). Beginning in August 2010, when the Department of Housing and Residence … Continue reading Lessons on Preparedness Work at an Intermountain West University
Many folks in higher education and K12 schools know that emergency management and preparedness is important to their institutions and the safety of their students, but they are not sure where to start. Getting started with emergency planning can seem overwhelming. Luckily, help is available. Some of that help comes in the form of consultants … Continue reading Federal Guidance for Campus Safety and Emergency Management
During the past few years while I have been serving as a Dean of Students, and in many of my other positions, I have thought about the impact of international crises on the campus safety of higher educational institutions and boarding schools. Events all over the world always seem to land on campus; There is … Continue reading International Incidents and Campus Safety: Events Around the World Always Land on Campus
A few years ago, I went to a training presented by Franklin Covey on productivity, called The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity. It was a good training overall but what I got the most out of it was the “Roles and Goals” part. Basically, the main idea with Roles and Goals is that in order … Continue reading Roles and Goals in Leadership
I recently (1 day ago!) started working as the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. ICA is a small boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan for art students. This is an exciting opportunity that came through an old mentor in my professional network. As we start with meetings and academic … Continue reading The New Dean…
The bombing in Boston is terrible. I will be putting together a post about the tragedy in the next few days.
Sandy Hook, Mass Shooters, and Gender: Discussed in the Margins - Exploring the Connection between Masculinity & Violence.
This article was originally publish on the NASPA Region V Blog. I have reposted it below:_____Original Post:With Hurricane Sandy and other recent events, there have been a lot of things happening in the past few weeks that relate to campus safety issues and I wanted to share one of the great resources that the Campus … Continue reading Campus Safety Resources for Student Affairs
In fall 2012, I attended a series of conferences on various topics (housing, student affairs, and fire). While at these conferences I was part of a group of people who were using twitter. They were following and participating in the conference backchannel. We were live tweeting from sessions, reconnecting with friends and colleagues, meeting new … Continue reading How to Use Twitter (Especially at Conferences)