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Case Study: State Board of Regents (6 state universities & medical center)

Margolis, Healy and Associates helps Board of Regents establish guidelines for campus behavioral threat assessment and emergency preparedness and response.

The SITUATION: A state governing board with responsibility for overseeing six state universities and serving as the coordinating board for 19 community colleges, ten technical schools and colleges and one municipal university approached MHA for assistance with ensuring the institutions were meeting best practices in the areas of emergency response and recovery and behavioral threat assessment. Shortly after the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech in April 2007 and the subsequent rampage shooting at Northern Illinois University in February 2008, the Board of Regents encouraged the public institutions of higher education to begin reviewing their campus safety and security plans in light of these tragedies. The Board also created a checklist for Crisis Management. Recognizing the need to address a broad range of lessons learned from critical incidents at other institutions of higher education, the Board asked MHA to conduct a comprehensive review of all of the campuses plans, policies and procedures related to violence prevention.

The SOLUTION: MHA’s highly regarded team of nationally recognized subject matter experts analyzed more than 40 policies covering violence prevention initiatives, emergency response and recovery, and Clery Act compliance from the six state universities and the medical school. This analysis included an assessment of the policies in place and recommendations for enhancing the institutions’ prevention strategies and response capacity. This process considered the degree to which the institutions had established policies that met nationwide best, promising, and emerging practices. Additionally, MHA provided the Board with detailed checklists for all of the specified functional areas. MHA Managing Partners presented their findings to a full meeting of the Board of Regents and the Presidents and General Counsels from the evaluated institutions.

TODAY: The MHA report and extensive checklists are now the benchmark standard used by the Board and the seven campuses to create safer campuses for more than 40,000 students and nearly 18,000 employees.

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