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Special Report! Best Practice Recommendations for Campus Safety and Violence Prevention

Posted by Dr. Gary J. Margolis on Jun 22, 2016 12:30:00 PM


I highly recommend that all education leaders and those responsible for campus safety and security at educational institutions (whether at the K12 or post-secondary level) read this report issued this month by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

Read the Report

First, this is an impressive deep-dive into the issues and concerns that campus public safety teams must consider. There are some excellent recommendations that I encourage you to incorporate if you haven’t already.

campus safety report

Second, I am proud of those on our management team here at Social Sentinel who were responsible for building the mass notification industry over a decade ago – congratulations! Their vision and dedication helped develop a market that is so critical to the safety of our kids that 100% of respondents surveyed for this report stated that they have a mass notification service in place today. We are bringing to the social media threat alert industry the focus, expertise, insight and attention that is needed to accomplish the same  in the near future.

Third, I’d like to call your attention to the Board’s recommendation that safety and security teams employ a social media review service. They explain that reviewing social media is a critical component to campus safety and that doing so by hand is not as efficient or effective as utilizing a social media threat alert service designed specifically for the purpose.

Further, they make the following recommendation:

 “An institution should work with their campus police/public safety department and perhaps local law enforcement to define the parameters for search terms and what constitutes a threat, and also to outline the process among the responsible agencies once there is an identified ‘threat’ or situation of concern.”


If you would like to learn more about how the safety and security team at Social Sentinel, along with our social media linguistic experts, have already built the Sentinel SearchTM Library to generate campus-specific search algorithms for you - so you don't have to become experts in this critical component, please schedule a demo or contact us for more information.

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Topics: Campus Safety

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