ERIC Number: ED255104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Effective Security at Campus Special Events.
Bromley, Max L.
ACU-I Bulletin, v52 n5 p4-5 Oct 1984
Factors to consider in assuring security for student events on campus are discussed, based on the experience of the University of South Florida, which has developed, tested, and critiqued a system of planning security. Even though special events vary significantly in type and purpose, some questions should be answered in advance, with the participation of student groups, promoters, and student advisers. These concerns are: the purpose of the event; who will attend; crowd size; advertising for the event; start/end time; the site; the admission fee; crowd control provisions; rules, regulations, and local and state laws; the performer's record at other campuses; traffic and parking; and whether a report will be done on the event. While regular crowds that attend athletic games are familiar with the campus setting, rules, and accommodations, persons visiting the campus for the first time may be unfamiliar with them and need special attention or assistance. It must be decided in advance whether marshals are to intervene in a crowd disturbance or should summon police/security. It is recommended that university safety officials be involved in pre-event meetings, since securing planning for special events will provide the basis for a legal defense in case of a tragedy. (SW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of College Unions-International, Bloomington, IN.