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Crisis Response and Recovery Planning in Higher Education Communities

Written by  F. NEIL MATHEWS, Ph.D.

The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training affirmed in 2009 that “college and university campuses have become a part of the front line in preventing, deterring, and responding to violent incidents and criminal acts.” At some point in their careers, all chief executive officers in higher education institutions can anticipate a call from a public safety unit concerning an urgent campus-based crisis. The emergency will require university administrators to make quick decisions, take bold actions, and share knowledge with other department supervisors regarding crisis management. All appropriate departmental personnel will be expected to share in the management of the campus response.There are numerous crises that occur within university and college communities that require an immediate institutional response. Some of these events are associated with human behavior: alcohol and drug overdoses, bomb threats, celebratory riots, civil unrest, infectious disease outbreaks, suicides, murders, vehicular crashes, train derailments, and comparable tragedies both