Provide a safe campus environment

We’re highlighting “Catering to the 21st Century student” week here on eCampus News as part of our monthly topic week series throughout the year. Step four of catering to today’s students is to ensure the campus environment-both the physical campus and the community atmosphere-is a safe and welcoming one. Below are just a few articles we believe can help colleges and universities keep the campus online and physical environment safe for today’s students:

*Editor’s note: Be sure to check back every day for another list of helpful topic articles on how to recruit and retain students. Friday’s topic: Be future-minded. Check out Monday’s topic: Tech empower your campus, Tuesday’s topic: Make the classroom collaborative, and Wednesday’s topic: Successful online strategies.

From blue lights to mobile apps

appsIt was in a 2009 safety committee meeting with University of Florida (UF) officials that Jordan Johnson first mentioned the potential impact of mobile technology in bolstering campus safety. Johnson, then the UF student body president, was met with blank stares and quizzical looks. He acknowledged web-connected smartphones would need to be more ubiquitous on campus before they became a vital part of safety and security measures, but the reaction was less than welcoming…Read the article.


10 Apple and Android apps for campus security

security-campus-appsThese 10 safety apps cover a broad range that could be tailored for most institutions. Integrating campus security and technology, smartphone apps make campus safety more convenient. From GPS locators to social media monitoring, these cost-effective opportunities can improve existing systems for higher education faculty, staff and students…Read the article.


Cyberbullying bill would tie harassment policies to aid

bullyingresizedWhen Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge in 2010, the events leading to his death were a painful reminder that cyberbullying is not confined to middle schools. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, had used a webcam to film the freshman kissing another male student, and then invited his Twitter followers to join him for a second viewing. Clementi complained to Rutgers officials about the incident, but committed suicide a day later. Now, two U.S. senators are co-sponsoring a bill named in Clementi’s honor that would require colleges and universities to recognize cyberbullying in its anti-harassment policies…Read the article.