The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Violence at Community Colleges: A Unique Challenge

Security-Guard2Recent acts of violence at community colleges in Virginia, Texas, Wyoming and Kentucky point up unique challenges faced by that higher education community. For instance, community colleges typically have numerous small branch campuses with only a few classrooms, as opposed to four-year colleges that typically have brick and mortar investments in more substantial branch campuses. Community colleges may rely upon security at a facility being rented, such as a shopping mall. That circumstance also often dictates rules and procedures different from those on a main campus.

Many community colleges have established threat assessment teams that include mental health experts who can be deployed to satellite campuses. Collaboration with other nearby campuses adds resources otherwise unavailable or too distant to be deployed as quickly as needed.

If you have established emergency programs, procedures or protocols that could serve as a resource or template for your fellow CUPA-HR community college colleagues, please use this blog as a conduit for sharing and caring.