Thursday, September 5, 2013

Campus Safety

Let me start today by sharing an article: U.S. Awards Grant to Create Campus Public Safety Center”
“The U.S. Justice Department has awarded a $2.3 million grant to a Vermont consulting firm to create a new federal center to promote campus public safety, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday. The center, to be jointly created by Margolis Healy & Associates and the University of Vermont, was chartered by Congress last spring in response to violent incidents on multiple campuses. Its work will focus on training campus officials and providing resources designed to help colleges protect the safety and security of their students and employees. Margolis Healy was created by former campus safety chiefs at Vermont and Princeton University”.
Seems like a great idea right? However, my question is: should this not be part of a school’s plan anyway? Why does it take extra money for consultants to do something that should already be done? Where is the disconnect?
Why are we reacting instead of being proactive? Why is the culture such that this kind of thing has been happening more than it should?
Spend the money wisely consultants, and remember it is about the students not you.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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