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Campus Violence Preparedness of US College Campuses

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 25 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2012 Pages: 199-211
Dong-Chul Seo; Mohammad R. Torabi; Jaesin Sa; Earl H. Blair
Date Published
July 2012
13 pages
This study investigates the impact of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings on college emergency procedures of US college campuses.
College administrators and security officers from a cross-sectional representative sample of 161 U.S. colleges participated in an online survey in 2008-2009 academic year. Whereas a majority of college campuses reported having appropriate emergency procedures in place, only 25 per cent (n=40) of the surveyed campuses agreed that students understood the emergency procedures of their campuses. Another 25 percent (n=41) of the campuses reported that if a dangerous crisis situation occurred, the entirety of students and employees would likely be notified within 5 min. Data indicate that a substantial number of colleges across the nation do not realize the importance of emergency drills and do not engage in campus-wide practice of them on a regular basis. (Published Abstract)