CAMPUS LIFE AND SAFETY AND SECURITY (CLASS) TASK FORCE 2008 Annual Report
Update on Task Force Initiatives
There are many available grant resources for campus security and student counseling services, including grant writing training. For an up-to-date list of available grants, visit www.okhighered.org/class and click on Grant Resources. The following is a list of available grants as of December 2008.
Allstate Foundation Grants
The foundation supports national and local programs that address needs within one of three focus areas: safe and vital communities, economic empowerment and tolerance, or inclusion and diversity. The size of the grant varies, and proposals may be submitted throughout the calendar year.
Grants for the Integration of Schools and Mental Health Systems
The U.S. government awards a grant focused on enhancing, improving or developing collaborative efforts between school-based and mental health service systems to provide, enhance or improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment to students; enhance the availability of crisis intervention services and appropriate referrals for students in need of mental health services; provide training for school personnel and mental health professions; provide technical assistance and consultation to school systems and mental health agencies; provide linguistically appropriate and culturally competent services; and evaluate the effectiveness of the program in increasing student access to quality mental health services. The deadline for proposals is contingent on availability of funds.
Safe Schools-Healthy Students Initiative
These U.S. government grants support local education agencies in the development of communitywide approaches to creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. The size of the grant varies from $750,000 to $2,250,000. Visit www.ed.gov/programs/ dvpsafeschools/ for 2009 application deadlines.
Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior Among College Students
The U.S. Department of Education provides funds to develop, enhance, implement and evaluate campus- and community-based prevention strategies to reduce high-risk drinking or violent behavior among college students. More than 86 grants totaling $1.3 million are available for 2009.
Emergency Management for Higher Education Grants
The U.S. Department of Education supports efforts by higher education institutions to develop or review and improve and fully integrate campus-based hazards emergency management planning efforts. A program funded under this grant must use the framework of the four phases of emergency management – prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The size of the grant ranges from $50,000 to $500,000. The deadline will be announced in spring 2009.
OPS Secure Our Schools Grants
The U.S. Department of Justice supplies up to 50 percent of the total cost to implement one or more of the following: placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures; security assessments; security training of personnel and students; coordination with local law enforcement; and/or any other measure that may provide a significant improvement in security. Visit www.cops. usdoj.gov/Default.asp?Item_240#sos for 2009 funding information.
Smithers Foundation Grants
The main focus of this grant is alcoholism prevention and education. Proposals may be submitted throughout the year.
Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program
The U.S. government provides a grant to encourage institutions of higher education to adopt comprehensive, coordinated responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Visit www.ovw.usdoj.gov/campus_desc.htm for deadline and funding information.
Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program
This grant is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance necessary to provide effective aid to adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, in matters that arise as a result of the abuse or violence. The size of the grant ranges from $450,000 to $650,000. Deadline date is Jan. 28, 2009.
HIPPA and FERPA Law Training
On Oct. 28, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education sponsored the 2008 Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Approximately 70 conference attendees participated in a breakout session about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The speaker was Leroy Rooker, director of the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
Campus Security Training
On Oct. 20, Francis Tuttle Technology Center hosted a seminar by Dr. John Nicoletti, a nationally recognized psychologist specializing in violence prevention. The seminar, “When Violence Comes to Campus: A Seminar on Preparedness,” was attended by more than 300 Francis Tuttle employees and other invited guests. Nicoletti discussed phases of violence, relevant incidents, types of perpetrators, success stories, warning signs, conducting a risk assessment, aftermath and more.
In September, training for all Oklahoma public and private higher education and post-secondary institutions took place in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Campus Safety and Security Seminar, offered by recognized experts, provided key emergency planners information to assist in developing or enhancing campus emergency plans. The training, sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, also covered topics such as establishing a planning team, conducting risk assessments and information gathering, developing plans, conducting exercises and more.
In April, the University of Central Oklahoma hosted the 2008 National Campus Security Summit: Practical Measures for Campus Security. The 2008 summit continued dialogue started last May at the inaugural summit and offered practical perspectives on issues pertinent to securing the country’s campuses, including crisis management, preparation and response, and the prevention and early intervention of behavioral and environment factors that affect students, faculty, staff and campus communities. Speakers included J. Stephen Tidwell, executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Lt. Darren Mitchell and Lt. Todd Henert, Northern Illinois University Police Department; Brett Sokolow, founder and director of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management; Gene Deisinger, deputy chief of police for Iowa State University; and Marisa Randazzo, president of Threat Assessment Resources International.
Planned Training for Behavioral Threat Assessment
In January 2009, Behavioral Threat Assessment: Advanced Training for the Intact Team will be presented at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. The seminar will cover advanced threat assessment teams. Training highlights include instruction on how to investigate and evaluate threats and other concerning behavior; resources and strategies for managing individuals who pose a threat of harm; effective strategies for interviewing; and a practical exercise taking attendees through an actual threat case from start to finish. Presenters are Steven J. Healy, director of public safety at Princeton University, and Dr. Gene Deisinger, licensed psychologist and deputy chief of police for Iowa State University.
Planned Vendor Fair
The Notification Subcommittee of the task force agreed that a vendor fair would be valuable to the institutions and career technology centers. The committee has not formalized specific dates for the event, but is working to identify relevant vendors and an optimal location for the fair. The purpose of the fair will be to provide a forum of multiple vendors that can demonstrate the various capabilities of the respective technologies and notification solutions.
CLASS submitted a legislative request for $16 million to be appropriated through the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security and distributed to public and private higher education institutions and career technology centers for the purpose of funding notification, response and behavioral threat assessment, response, recovery and prevention. The Funding Subcommittee determined that notification, response and mental health counseling budgets should equal approximately $100 per student (headcount) and that $16 million is needed annually to assure that all institutions will have baseline funding.