5 Training Courses That Will Improve Safety on Campus

Training for a Safer Campus

Posted by Shelley Kilpatrick on 8 April 2016 |

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improve campus safetySafety is a big deal on campus because in essence, higher education institutions are their own communities. People live and work there, and they need to be aware of how to stay safe.

Additionally, campuses—and students on campus in particular—are very concerned with violence. For example, the University of Oregon announced a “Campus Safety Campaign.” One of the leaders of the program stated that the goal of the program is to “increase safety on campus day and night, inside and outside of classrooms and between all people.”

With safety in mind, it’s important higher education institutions do everything they can to protect their communities. And one way to do this is with training for faculty, administrators, students and staff.

In fact, here are different training courses we recommend if you are looking to make your campus a safer place for everyone in the community.

Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act Training

One of the most important safety issues on college campuses right now is sexual violence. Higher education institutions need to be doing everything they can to prevent it from happening—including training faculty, staff, administrators and student employees on Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act requirements.

Title IX, VAWA and Clery Act training should let each of these groups know what their responsibilities are under the laws and explain the role they play in eliminating sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.

Active Shooter Training

As grim as it is, the incidents of campus shootings have increased over the years, and your campus needs to be ready in case something ever happens. Schools need to be adequately prepared, which includes having a plan in place, communicating that plan to everyone on campus, holding drills for faculty and staff, and providing active shooter training.

The training should review the signs of potential violence, a plan for responding and how to deal with the trauma after the event. It should help learners place themselves in the situation so that they can clearly think through the response.

Bystander Intervention Training

Experts agree that bystander intervention training can help students combat sexual assault and other difficult situations they might find themselves or the people they know in. Bystander intervention teaches students ways to safely step in to help a friend, classmate or stranger who might be in trouble.

For example, the training shows students that they can help a friend who has been drinking too much get home safely or that they can interject when they hear sexist conversation. Additionally, it encourages and stresses the importance of men as allies in the fight against sexual violence.

Workplace Safety Training

Violence isn’t the only safety concerns that higher education institutions face. Just like any other job, campuses face daily safety issues such as falls, ergonomics, first aid and so much more. Additionally, campuses pay for worker’s comp insurance and don’t want claims, rising premiums or hurt staff members.

For the campus to stay healthy and safe, workplace safety training helps. With a variety of topics to cover, the training can tackle everything from OSHA regulations to disposing of hazardous materials.

Diversity and Inclusion Training

With tensions running high around diversity issues on campus, this is the time to take a proactive approach and provide faculty and staff with diversity and inclusion training. The training should help them understand and relate to each other’s differences in addition to helping them recognize the importance of respectful and professional communication.

Keeping your campus community safe is easier when people feel included—which is another aspect of diversity training. It should go beyond tolerance to teach people how to interact with each other without the influence of stereotypes or implicit biases.

Conclusion

Higher education institutions are committed to making their campuses safe for everyone in the community. And training—whether it’s to help prevent sexual assault or promote diversity—is an essential step. Make sure your campus has the training courses you need to improve safety. Request a demo today to learn more about how we can help.

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