Managing Threats Of Campus Violence At Michigan Community Colleges

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Dissertation Concept Paper

A Case Study: Managing Threats of Campus Violence
At Michigan Community Colleges

Russ Panico

Western Michigan University

Fall 2014

A Case Study: Managing Threats of Campus Violence at
Michigan Community Colleges

Statement of the Problem An unknown factor regarding the management of potential acts of campus violence is how community college administrators use information obtained from campus threat assessments to objectively address the potential threat. Based on the literature reviewed, the violent shooting incident at Virginia Tech in 2007 and other acts of violence at academic institutions since then have been the catalysts for 4-year college and university administrators to conduct comprehensive reviews of campus safety policies on their respective campuses in order to update or revise current policies. What is unknown, however, is whether community colleges have also recognized this necessity. These policies are typically far-reaching. They impact all facets of community college operations, that include not only public safety or law enforcement, but also instructional and student affairs services.
The most significant outcome of the Virginia Tech shooting is that institutions of higher education recognized they must have a threat assessment policy in place to prudently prevent or manage potential acts of violence. The mechanism for threat assessment is the creation of a threat assessment team. A…
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