Campus Safety and Violence Prevention

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The Campus Safety and Violence Prevention KC is a forum for all higher education administrators responsible for the safety, security, and emotional needs of the campus community and institution. By encouraging member interaction through the sharing of ideas, trends, best practices, resources, and research, the CSKC fosters collaboration, awareness, and support for campus safety.

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The Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community is proud to provide information to help you work with student, faculty and staff constituencies to create a safer, stronger, and more vibrant campus community. It our hope that the resources found here can support the further development of professional programs which enhcane campus safety on your campus and beyond. If you have questions or need additional assistance please feel free to call the KC Chairs or any member of our Knowledge Community leadership team.


One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.


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The Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community (CSVPKC) is a cooperative educational forum for all college and university administrators and paraprofessionals charged with meeting the physical safety and security needs of campus infrastructure, the emotional needs of the campus community, and other institutional needs, including the protection of image and promotion of business continuity.  Members of this community represent a broad range of functional areas within college student affairs administration, and other realms of campus administration, including academic affairs, facilities management, campus police, health centers, public relations, external affairs, legal affairs, etc.

New membership is encouraged by those with similar interests regardless of discipline, professional preparation, and/or campus roles and responsibilities.  By encouraging member interaction through the sharing of ideas and concepts, discussion of trends, best practices, innovative resources and research, the CSKC provides a sustained and organized effort to foster collaboration, awareness, knowledge, and support regarding the management of campus safety.

  1. To foster knowledge and awareness of historical and current incidents, current trends, and effective strategies associated with the management of campus safety.
  2. To encourage innovative and scholarly research related to campus safety and to encourage significant contributions to the field through the development and presentation of conference programs and workshops.
  3. To build a support network of professional colleagues and to develop and share a comprehensive database of valuable resources relevant to all areas of our work with all elements of campus safety. 
  4. To offer assistance and support to our colleagues in the preparation for and response to campus safety issues as well as to provide guidance and feedback on protocols prior to and following campus safety-related activities and incidents.
  5. To build communicative and collaborative partnerships with our administrative colleagues within the field of student affairs and beyond including professionals from external agencies such as emergency management, fire, police, counseling, public health, emergency medicine, etc. 
  6. To sponsor an annual pre-conference program related to campus safety management and its functions within college student affairs.
  7. To create and highlight innovative approaches to campus safety management and to develop and promote best practices and standards related to management protocol, including assessment and evaluation.

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2013 NASPA Annual Conference - Orlando, FL
  • Student Affairs' Role: Institutionalizing Campus Safety
  • Threat Assessment Essentials for Clinical & Administrative Staff (Presented by Brian Van Brunt)
Other Conferences
ACHA 2009: San Francisco, CA


ACPA 2009: Washington, DC


ACPA 2008: Atlanta, GA



FEMA: Emergency Management Institute - Higher Education Articles and Papers

Program Plans, Online Guides, and Sample Plans
Publications and Presentations
  • Amada, G. (1994). Coping with the disruptive college student: A practical model. Asheville,NC: College Administration Publications.
  • Archer, J., Jr., & Cooper, S. (1998). Counseling and mental health services on campus: A handbook of contemporary practices and challenges. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Crowe, T. (2000). Crime prevention through environmental design (2nd ed.). Boston: Butterworth-Heinman.
  • Harper, K. S., Paterson, B. G., & Zdziarski, II, E. L. (Eds.). (2006). Crisis management:  Responding from the heart. Washington, DC: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
  • Fearn-Banks, K. (2002). Crisis communications: A casebook approach. Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Kadison, R., & DiGeronimo, T. F. (2004). College of the overwhelmed: The campus mental health crisis and what to do about it. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Lerner, M. D., Volpe, J. S., & Lindell, B. (2004). A practical guide for university crisis response. New York: The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. (2008). Is your campus ready?
  • Crisis management in a new era. Leadership Exchange, 5(4). Washington, DC: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
  • Siegel, D. (1994). Campuses respond to violent tragedy. Phoenix, AZ: The Oryx Press
  • Tang, I. A. (2000). The Texas aggie bonfire: Tradition & tragedy at Texas A&M. Austin, TX:  Morgan Printing.
  • Webber, J., Bass, D. D., & Yep, R. (Eds.). (2005). Terrorism, trauma, and tragedies: A counselor’s guide to preparing and responding (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association Foundation.
  • Wilkinson, C. K., & Rund, J. A. (Eds.). (2002). Addressing contemporary campus safety issues.  New Directions for Student Services, 99. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Zdziarski, II, E. L., Dunkel, N. W., Rollo, J. M., & Associates. (2007). Campus crisis management: A comprehensive guide to planning, prevention, response, and recovery.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Zinner, E. S (Ed.). (1985). Coping with death on campus. New Directions for Student Services, 31. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Akers, C. R. (2008). Evolution of emergency operations strategies: Structure and process of crisis response in college student affairs.  Dissertation Abstracts International, 68 (12).  (UMI Proquest No. 1453185051).
  • Zdziarski, II, E. L. (2001). Institutional preparedness to respond to campus crises as perceived by student affairs administrators in selected NASPA member institutions. (Doctoral dissertation, Texas A&M University, 2001).  Dissertation Abstracts International, 62, 3714.
  • Hartzog, A. B., Sr. (1981). A national descriptive study of emergency management planning at selected institutions of higher education. (Doctoral dissertation, Florida State University, 1981).Dissertation Abstracts International, 42, 1024.



Leadership Team

Knowledge Community leaders are NASPA volunteers who have generously devoted their time to their Knowledge Community. Chairs are elected by the Knowledge Community members while Regional representatives are selected from within the Region. Additional roles are selected by the Knowledge Community.