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 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention KC fosters collaboration, awareness, and support for campus safety.


The Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community is eager to help you create a safer, stronger, and more vibrant campus community. We believe campus safety and violence prevention efforts are maximized when student affairs professionals collaborate within and beyond their campus communities. Our goal is to build collaborative leadership, support, understanding, and expertise across the profession. 

If you have a story to share, expertise to offer, or energy to spare, we would love to hear from you. Many people on our leadership team came to the KC through their own encounter with campus crisis, tragedy, or violence. You may be looking for personal connections with other student affairs professionals who understand, or you may be eager to share your research interests and professional responsibilities on a broader scale. If you're interested in publishing, presenting, serving on the leadership team, or just sharing a virtual cup of coffee with someone who understands, we would love to connect with you. 

We hope these resources support safety on your campus and beyond. Know of great resources not on our list? Please share for inclusion in our virtual library. If you have questions or need additional assistance please feel free to reach out to any member of our leadership team. 


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.


  • To foster knowledge and awareness of historical and current incidents, current trends, and effective strategies associated with the management of campus safety.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • To sponsor an annual pre-conference program related to campus safety management and its functions within college student affairs.
  • 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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The CSVP KC meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. EST. Our meetings are open to all, and we would love to see you drop in from time to time. Reach out to the Chair for access information. 

Currently, the CSVP KC has the following open leadership positions (as of 5/24/22):

+ Regions I, II, III, IV-East, IV-West, V
+ Research Coordinator
+ Outreach Coordinator
+ Virtual Learning and Engagement Coordinator

Please contact the Chair or review postings on Volunteer Central for application instructions. Have an interest not reflected in these opportunities? Please reach out. We are eager to hear your ideas and open to creating new leadership roles.

Be sure to check out our social media outlets and blog posts for the most updated information on KC opportunities.


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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.






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.