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August 1, 2019

We are 60 days away from the deadline for your Annual Security/Fire Safety Report to be distributed to all students and employees. As you know, to remain in compliance with the Clery Act, the October 1 date is a non-negotiable DEADLINE, with no wiggle room.

We are 60 days away from the deadline for your Annual Security/Fire Safety Report to be distributed to all students and employees.  As you know, to remain in compliance with the Clery Act, the October 1 date is a non-negotiable DEADLINE, with no wiggle room. To support our colleagues who have the responsibility for publishing the ASR, we are extremely pleased to officially announce the kick-off of our Clery Compliance Campaign “60 Days to ASR Lift-Off.” During the next 60 days, we will be regularly posting helpful hints on our Social Media platforms to assist you with publishing and distributing your Annual Security/Fire Safety Report. These will be just-in-time information that will add immediate value to the final draft of your report! Check back frequently for links to other documents that may be helpful in your Clery Act compliance program.

To join in the 60 Days to ASR Lift-Off campaign, follow our Twitter @margolishealy and Facebook: facebook.com/margolishealy and be sure to check-in often for updates.

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CEO Steven Healy discussed impacts of UNC Charlotte campus layout with the USA Today – May 7, 2019

Steven Healy discussed with the USA Today about how a campus layout impacts protecting people on campus like it did at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Universities can be particularly hard to protect against people with bad intentions. They tend to be open spaces, especially public colleges like UNCC, and it can be hard to track everyone who comes and goes. What’s more, colleges don’t really have an interest in changing that, said Steven Healy. “The open campus is a feature of American higher education that will never go away,” Healy said. “We want people to be able to freely travel across campus. This is who we fundamentally are, a place for the open exchange of ideas.” Even the best preventive measures may miss someone, Healy said. It’s unfortunate, he said, that mass shooting training is needed. But it’s the only way people will know what to do if someone opens fire on campus. The reality is university leaders now have to add this to their list of responsibilities, even if they never signed up for it.

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Margolis Healy Awarded School Safety Planning and Training Contract as Part of Vermont’s School Safety Strategy – April 29, 2019

BURLINGTON, VT. – April 29, 2019 Margolis Healy today announced that the firm will partner with Vermont’s Department of Public Safety to provide school safety planning, training, and exercise assistance to Vermont schools. This partnership marks the second phase of a school safety strategy announced by the Scott Administration in February 2018, following the first phase of a statewide school safety assessment overseen by DPS.

“Ensuring the safety of Vermonters — especially our kids — is one of government’s most important responsibilities,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I’m pleased with the coordination between state, local, and private partners to develop and implement school safety upgrades and training to ensure we continue to have safe schools and communities.”

Margolis Healy will provide training and exercise guidance directly to schools and work with school administrators and public safety personnel to develop a standardized Emergency Operation Plan, simplifying the planning process for school districts and create statewide uniformity.

“Margolis Healy is honored to partner with the state of Vermont on this important school safety initiative,” said Steven Healy, Margolis Healy’s founder and CEO. “Building on the strong partnerships we’ve had with Vermont’s Agency of Education and Department of Public Safety, we look forward to collaborating with Vermont’s public and private K-12 schools to assist them in enhancing their level of emergency preparedness.”

“We are taking a multi-tiered approach to school safety,” Commissioner Anderson said. “The Vermont School Safety Center offers best practices and recommendations on how to keep schools safe, and state funding has allowed schools to better control access and enhance security. The planning effort with a trusted partner like Margolis Healy is a critical step toward ensuring Vermont schools are prepared and safe.”

About Margolis Healy

Margolis Healy is a professional services firm that consults on safety and security needs for K-12 schools, universities and colleges, and private companies throughout the United States. It is an affiliate of Am Law 100 law firm Cozen O'Connor and works closely with the firm's Institutional Response Group, the premier such practice in the country.

Margolis Healy Welcomes Kathy Zoner, Former Chief of Police at Cornell University – March 5, 2019

Kathy Zoner — who worked for 27 years in the Cornell Police Department, the last decade serving as the university’s chief of police — joins Margolis Healy as director of organizational assessments. Kathy will manage all projects related to campus safety assessments including management and staffing studies, post-incident reviews, special investigations, and other projects related to campus safety and security.

“I am excited for the opportunity to more broadly share the vast human relations knowledge and positive police-community relationship building I have gained while at Cornell. I look forward to engaging in the professional development of a greater number of higher education public safety organizations.”

“Kathy’s vast experience at Cornell, her proven record of innovative solutions to campus safety issues, and her keen understanding of 21st century campus safety and policing challenges makes her a perfect fit for our team,” said Steven J. Healy, Margolis Healy CEO.

A graduate of Ohio State University and the FBI National Academy, Zoner was the first woman to serve as chief of police at Cornell. Under her leadership Cornell became, in 2010, the first university in New York to be accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). In June 2014, she participated in a Washington, D.C., roundtable discussion on campus sexual assault led by Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, and in December 2014, she testified before the U.S. Senate, addressing the topic of reducing sexual assault on campuses nationwide. Zoner became personally involved with IACLEA as a volunteer when she was asked to become one of the association’s accreditation commissioners shortly after Cornell Police became accredited. Two years ago, she was also asked to chair the IACLEA Communications Committee. She will continue to volunteer in both capacities.

About Margolis Healy

Margolis Healy is a professional services firm that consults on safety and security needs for K-12 schools, universities and colleges, and private companies throughout the United States. It is an affiliate of Am law 100 law firm Cozen O'Connor and works closely with the firm's Institutional Response Group, the premier such practice in the country.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 28 offices across two continents.

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Cozen O’Connor Acquires Margolis Healy – August 3, 2017

Cozen O’Connor Acquires Safety and Security Consulting Firm

Margolis Healy & Associates serves universities, colleges, K-12 schools, government agencies, and private entities across the country on matters of safety and security
 
Philadelphia, August 3, 2017 - Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the acquisition of Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC, a leading consulting firm specializing in safety and security and regulatory compliance in the United States. This acquisition by a business subsidiary of Cozen O’Connor comes six months after Cozen O’Connor launched the country’s premier Institutional Response Group led by Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez. The highly accomplished attorneys in the Institutional Response Group provide legal advice and guidance to assist institutions in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of interpersonal violence. The new entity will be known as Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC. 

“Over the years we have worked with Gina and Leslie at multiple institutions and been impressed by their holistic approach to navigating complex institutional issues,” said Steven J. Healy, CEO of Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC. “This is a partnership formed by longstanding respect and shared commitment to improving institutional responses. We are excited to officially join their team.”

The Burlington, Vt. based Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC was founded in 2008 by Gary J. Margolis and Steven J. Healy, both of whom are experienced law enforcement officers, serving as police chiefs at the University of Vermont and Princeton University before developing a national consulting firm dedicated to improving campus and institutional safety and security. Margolis Healy & Associates has personally managed or been intimately involved with numerous high profile higher education cases, including at institutions undergoing U.S Department of Education Clery Act and Title IX compliance reviews. A significant amount of their work is with institutions taking proactive steps to enhance compliance and improve campus safety and security.

"I am very excited that Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC will become a part of the Cozen O’Connor family,” said Gary J. Margolis. “Cozen O’Connor’s IRG team shares our approach to this important work, ensuring Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC will continue to serve our clients at the highest possible level.” Margolis will continue to focus on his role as CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc.

Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC provides their clients with a wide range of services, including campus safety and security assessments, including management reviews; Title IX and Clery Act assessments; emergency management risk and hazard assessments; emergency preparedness and crisis response systems and exercises; implementation of lethal and less-than-lethal force options; litigation consultation; and special investigations/independent reviews. Healy will remain as the company’s CEO and continue to provide direct services to clients.

“The services provided by Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC are a natural complement to the legal guidance and advice provided by the Institutional Response Group. We welcome the opportunity to combine the unique skill sets and services offered by Cozen O’Connor with the diverse services available through Margolis Healy and Associates,” said Gina Maisto Smith, Chair of the Institutional Response Group at Cozen O’Connor. “The business services that the team at Margolis Healy and Associates provides to educational institutions, government agencies, and private companies dovetails perfectly with the legal work we have been doing at the firm.”

Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Attorneys have decades of experience conducting high-profile sexual violence and child abuse investigations, and assisting institutions in implementing trauma-informed, fair and impartial processes for the prevention and resolution of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, child abuse, and other forms of misconduct. The IRG has 10 pillars of practice: policy development and audit; design of infrastructure, systems, and protocols; investigations; training and education; Title IX, Clery and other regulatory compliance; coordination with law enforcement and parallel investigations; counseling and advice; institutional governance; community engagement; and public service.

In 2013, with a grant from the U.S. Justice Department, Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC opened the National Center for Campus Public Safety. The new entity will continue the operation of this center.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O’Connor has more than 650 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 25 offices across two continents.

Michael Webster of McDaniel College to Join Margolis Healy – November 6, 2014

Burlington, VT— Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, has announced that Michael Webster will join the team as Director of Regulatory Compliance beginning January 1, 2015. “Mike Webster is a long-time senior associate of Margolis Healy. His experience in higher education and vast knowledge of campus safety and security, and the Clery Act is an immeasurable benefit to our clients. We are excited and honored that Mike has agreed to join us,” said Margolis Healy Managing Partner Steven Healy.

Mike Webster is the current Director of Campus Safety at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, a position he has held since 1991. His near 25-year tenure at McDaniel has included varied responsibilities from developing the campus safety department into a multi-faceted operation that addresses security, law enforcement, fire and crime prevention, safe transportation and EMS to staff development, fundraising for two capital campaigns and serving on a variety of campus-wide committees, including behavioral assessment, student life, and athletics. In addition, Mike has been an adjunct faculty member since 2001 in the Sociology Department.

Prior to his time at McDaniel College, Mike was the Assistant Director of Public Safety at Emerson College and the Campus Police Operations Supervisor and a Campus Police Officer at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Mike Webster’s work on campus safety issues is second to none. He is an active speaker and presenter at national and regional conferences on a wide variety of topics with particular strengths in the Clery Act, Title IX, and organizational effectiveness and motivation. In 2014, Mike had the opportunity to participate in the Negotiated Rulemaking sessions for the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act.

As the former Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and member of the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), he was the representative at the Special Issues Sub-committee for Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions for the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. He was also a content reviewer and contributor for the Campus Crime Reporting Handbook, and the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, published by the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate compliance with the Clery Act requirements. Mike remains active with the American Society of Industrial Security, Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, and the Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration (Chesapeake Region).

Mike holds a MS in Human Resources Development from McDaniel College and a BS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He is a graduate of the Maritime Law Enforcement School at Camp Otis, Massachusetts and was a member of the US Coast Guard Reserve. Mike is a certified protection professional (CPP). In 2012, he received the President’s Award from IACLEA in recognition of his outstanding and exemplary service to the organization for leadership in the government relations effort, notably passage of legislation creating the National Center for Campus Public Safety.

About Margolis Healy
Margolis Healy is a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12. With more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy’s combined experience has quickly earned Margolis Healy recognition as one of the leading professional services firms for safety and security needs in North America. For more information: www.margolishealy.com.


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Margolis Healy Names Kim Vansell to Lead the National Center for Campus Public Safety – April 4, 2014

Richmond, VT — Margolis Healy, a leading campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance firm for higher education and private and public K-12 school systems, has named Kim Vansell the inaugural Director of the National Center for Campus Public Safety (National Center). Chief Vansell is currently the Director of Public Safety at the University of Central Missouri and will begin her new position with the National Center on May 1, 2014.

“After a lengthy and thorough national search, we have selected Kim Vansell to lead the National Center,” said Managing Partner Gary Margolis. “Kim’s long tenure with the University of Central Missouri made her a leading candidate during our search.” Managing Partner Steven Healy added, “Kim’s deep experience with leadership initiatives, collaborative efforts, and professional organization involvement truly epitomized what we were looking for in a director for the National Center. We couldn’t be happier she has accepted the position.”

Reporting to Dr. Margolis and Mr. Healy, Ms. Vansell will be responsible for leading and administering the National Center including hiring and developing of staff, managing the budget, overseeing the conditions of the cooperative agreement, and ensuring the National Center operates successfully within the strategic and tactical goals that have been articulated for the National Center by Congress. She will facilitate the National Center’s mission of providing an array of services to campus public safety agencies, members of campus communities, advocacy organizations, professional associations, and government entities. Ms. Vansell will be based out of the National Center’s Burlington, Vermont offices.

About Margolis Healy
Margolis Healy is a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12. In September 2013, the US Department of Justice awarded Margolis Healy with an initial $2.3M grant to establish and lead a new National Center for Campus Public Safety based in Burlington, VT. With more than 15 years each of providing consulting services to clients in the education, public and private sectors, Dr. Gary J. Margolis and Mr. Steven J. Healy’s combined experience has quickly earned Margolis Healy recognition as one of the leading professional services firms for safety and security needs in North America

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Margolis Healy Announces New Hire: Paul Verrecchia – December 2, 2013

Richmond, VT— Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, has announced the addition of Paul V. Verrecchia to the team. Verrecchia will join Margolis Healy as Director for Organizational Assessment & Regulatory Compliance beginning December 1, 2013.

Verrecchia has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, with over ten years experience in campus law enforcement/public safety. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Police at the College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), where he oversaw the College’s law enforcement, security, fire safety and emergency medical services programs.  He was also the chair of the College’s Emergency Management Team. After the Virginia Tech tragedy, he oversaw the development of the institution’s Emergency Preparedness and Implementation Plan.  Prior to being at the College of Charleston, Verrecchia was the Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety at Brown University (Providence, RI) for eight years.  He was the chief architect of the implementation plan for arming Brown’s campus police officers.

Paul Verrecchia was also a member of the Providence (RI) Police Department for 22 years, rising to the rank of Major. As a Major, he held positions as Director of the Patrol and Traffic Services Division and Director of the Administrative-Staff Division. During his career with the Providence Police, he was assigned to the organized crime intelligence unit, the narcotics unit, and the Neighborhood Services Bureau, which was responsible for the investigation of bias-related crimes and community relations.

Verrecchia holds a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in Labor Relations, from the University of Rhode Island and two Bachelor’s degrees from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI). Verrecchia was an adjunct instructor for the Community of Rhode Island for approximately 12 years in both the criminal justice and sociology programs.  He was most recently an adjunct instructor for the College of Charleston Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s Crime, Law and Society program.

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Justice Department Grant Will Fund New, Vermont-Based National Center For Campus Public Safety – September 4, 2013

(WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2013) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant to establish a new National Center for Campus Public Safety, to be based in Burlington, Vt. Leahy said the grant has been awarded to Vermont-based Margolis Healy & Associates LLC, which will create the center in partnership with the University of Vermont (UVM).

Establishing and leading the National Center is the responsibility of Margolis Healy, a national consulting firm specializing in educational safety and security, headed by former UVM Police Chief Gary J. Margolis and Steven J. Healy, former Director of Public Safety at Princeton University. The National Center will serve the safety and security needs of higher education throughout the United States.  The National Center was chartered by Congress earlier this year with bipartisan support, in the wake of recent school tragedies.

Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department, said:  “The National Center will be a focal point in helping our schools find the training, information and support they need to respond to the security challenges of the 21st Century, and I am proud that Burlington will be the home base where such vital work will be done. Gary Margolis, Steven Healy and their team are superbly qualified to help our education institutions meet these emerging security needs.”

The National Center for Campus Public Safety will be a centralized resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders at the nation’s colleges and universities. It will bring together many forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand their resources to ensure the safety and security of their students and communities.

The grant will enable the new National Center to promote innovative practices specific to campus public safety efforts and develop comprehensive responses, resources and strategies, drawing from contemporary practices and the latest thinking on school safety and security. Through the National Center, Margolis Healy will deliver essential training and technical assistance to campus security teams, student affairs professionals and key stakeholders and coordinate resources germane to the safety of students and teachers. Leahy said the National Center also will bring jobs to Vermont and support the local economy through its partnership with the University of Vermont, including national meetings and conferences, training programs and related services.

“Those with the vision and foresight to create the National Center did so with the intent of ensuring the safety and security of our nation’s schools. The National Center will serve this need, and more.  Margolis Healy is honored to play such an important role in this vision, and to bring the National Center to Vermont,” said Margolis.

Margolis and Healy founded Margolis Healy in January 2008. They each have more than 15 years of experience in providing consulting services to clients in public and private education sectors.  Dr. Margolis served as chief of police at the University of Vermont for more than a decade.



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Margolis Healy Releases New Staffing Formula for College and University Public Safety Departments – July 10, 2013

Richmond, VT — Margolis Healy, a leading campus safety, security, and regulatory compliance firm for higher education and private and public K-12 school systems, has announced a new, groundbreaking methodology to help higher education institutions determine appropriate public safety staffing levels. The Margolis Healy Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula (BDSF) is based on a process developed by the founders, Mr. Steven J. Healy and Dr. Gary J. Margolis.

Previous staffing analysis methods have typically focused on reactive shift activity levels, and other factors such as the ratio of officers to population (mathematics). The Margolis Healy Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula’s analyses takes the analysis to the next level by providing an in-depth, accurate description of staffing needs through the combination of a Space Analysis and a Shift Activity Analysis.

“University and college leadership are challenged at times to identify the appropriate size of their public safety and guard force services. In determining the staffing and deployment strategy, the Bi-Dimensional Staffing Formula allows the institution to map call volume and response needs against the square footage and mission of the campus to arrive at a reasonably identified staffing number and related resourcing," according to Managing Partner Dr. Gary J. Margolis.

Margolis Healy now offers its flat fee Bi-Dimensional Staffing Analysis service in addition to numerous other campus safety, security and regulatory compliance services including Clery Act Compliance Assessment and Training (including Title IX), Emergency Management Risk and Hazard Assessment, Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Response Systems and Exercises, as well as several retainer services.

 

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SCN School Security Webinar—Second Session Announced – January 7, 2013

We are pleased to announce that SCN will be hosting a second School Security Webinar on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00PM EST. This webinar will be similar to the webinar presented on January 3rd and is being held for those organizations that were unable to participate due to the overwhelming demand and overcapacity of the system. If you were unable to join us on January 3rd, we look forward to your participation on Thursday, January 10th at 2:00PM EST.
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