ERIC Number: EJ895765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 1
Campus Reactions to Mass Notification
Butler, Andrea M.; Lafreniere, Kathryn D.
Journal of College Student Development, v51 n4 p436-439 Jul-Aug 2010
On April 16, 2007, a gunman opened fire at Virginia Tech University, killing 32 people before taking his own life. In the aftermath of such a violent campus incident, many universities are looking for ways to improve policies and programs that promote campus safety and allow them to effectively handle emergency situations. Many universities are considering the implementation of a mass notification system, which in the event of a campus emergency would allow local crime prevention agencies, such as Campus Police, to transmit critical information to classrooms, offices, laboratories, and residence buildings. A variety of technological devices (cell phones, PDAs, BlackBerrys, and computers) and communication media (e-mail, text messages, internet banners, and PA systems) would be used to transfer these messages across campus. However, before a university commits to the purchase of a particular system, administrators should first determine how students, faculty, and staff will feel about the use of a particular technology for emergency mass notification procedures. This article presents a study which aims to: (1) determine how campus community members felt about the use of mass notification technologies; (2) address any issues with those technologies; and (3) recommend how Campus Police could best encourage students, faculty and staff to accept and utilize such a system with the goal of creating a safer campus for all.
Descriptors: Crime Prevention, Police, School Security, Violence, Information Dissemination, Crisis Management, College Planning, Student Surveys, Mail Surveys, Handheld Devices, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Computer Mediated Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Virginia