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In Search of Safer Communities: Practices for Student Affairs in Addressing Campus Violence. Supplement to New Directions for Student Services, Number 124. J–B SS Single Issue Student Services

  • ID: 2241670
  • Book
  • January 2009
  • 88 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The tragic shootings at Virgina Tech on April 16, 2007, shocked the nation. In the fall of 2007, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education president Jan Walbert convened a working group of student affairs colleagues with senior leadership experience to identify the critical issues student affairs colleagues should consider related to violent incidents on college campuses. Given the continued focus on higher education on campus violence, that original report has been revised to speak to a wider audience.

This report presents a framework of planning for and responding to emergencies such as incidents of violence using a crisis management model. This model provides four phases in which to discuss violence: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

This report is a special supplemental issue of the Jossey–Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Student Services.

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Executive Summary.


Principles That Guided Our Discussions.

Crisis Management Model.


Campus Climate and Culture.

Training and Awareness.

Mental and Behavioral Interventions.

Infrastructure and Policy.


Role of the President.

Campus Police/Security.

Communications Plan.

Special Consideration in Mass Casualty Situations.


Academic Affairs and Faculty.



Timely Notification.

Responding to the Needs of Students.

International: Crisis Abroad.


Moving On.

Psychological First Aid.

Process and Learning from the Incident.




Appendix A: Campus Violence Working Group Members.

Appendix B: Resources.

Appendix C: Charts from Dunkle, Hollingsworth, Barr, Crady and Duncan Workshop (2007).

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Margaret A. Jablonski
George McCelellan
Eugene L. Zdziarski
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