This is a report on the proceedings of a 2019 forum sponsored by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) and attended by campus safety leaders and subject-matter experts for the purposes of revisiting recommendations in three previous NCCPS reports, identifying progress that historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have made in implementing those recommendations, identifying challenges to implementing those recommendations, and recommending a path forward.
The forum was attended by 30 campus safety leaders from 24 institutions of higher education and campus safety organizations across the country. The forum's review of prior NCCPS recommendations focused on training, communications, and partnerships. Participants identified both successes and challenges in implementing the recommendations. Challenges identified included resource restrictions; a lack of vision or goal-orientation for campus safety among administrators, students, or other key stakeholders; and disagreements among collaborative teams about action to solve specific problems. Forum participants discussed a range of factors, tactics, and strategies that could assist HBCUs in implementing report recommendations. Core principles that emerged from the forum were setting campus safety priorities through legislation, improving skills in communicating the effectiveness of proven campus safety strategies, and obtaining third-party pressure to motivate buy-in and action for campus safety strategies.