Case Study: Community College Campus

Margolis, Healy and Associates helps a large, multi-campus community college refine their approach to campus safety.

The SITUATION: Mid-Western Community College (fictional name) was at a critical juncture – they were facing rapid growth of their student population and their facilities, but the Administration was unsure if they were prepared to provide a reasonable level of security for their campus community. The College needed a comprehensive safety and security assessment and recommendations for creating a “best-in-class” campus security strategy.

The SOLUTION: Mid-Western Community College partnered with Margolis, Healy and Associates, LLC (MHA) to conduct a safety and security vulnerability assessment that considered the following factors: the response capacity of the campus police department; the security environment on the College’s five urban campuses; the use of electronic security systems as a lever in the College’s efforts to enhance safety for its students and employees; and the readiness of the College to respond to all-hazard critical situations. MHA delivered a detailed report outlining more than 100 recommendations to ensure the College was meeting best and promising practices in campus safety and security. MHA team members conducted training in behavioral threat assessment and emergency operations planning and incident command for senior administrators. MHA facilitated the College’s selection of an emergency notification system and guided the institution through system implementation and policy development. Today, the 30,000 students and more than 2,500 employees at Mid-Western are safer and can be confident that the College is prepared to effectively respond to a full range of emergencies.

TODAY: The MHA relationship with Mid-Western is not a typical consultant-client contract – it is a true partnership. MHA continues to work with Mid-Western to further refine the campuses approach to safety and security and help with implementing a number of the longer-term strategic recommendations.

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