Western has taken a multi-disciplined, coordinated and unique “Safe Campus Community” approach for the protection of personal safety and property security. Community education for identifying, preventing and responding to violence or potential violence is underlying this critical infrastructure for life safety. Recent technology improvements provides the opportunity to effectively integrate card access control, motion detectors, intrusion alarms and video cameras into a single system, and the collective understanding of safety and security being a shared responsibility, is an essential component. Western recognized that multiple security technologies, combined with institutional decentralization, resulted in high cost, low efficiency with an inability to meet safety and security objectives. Proprietary technology is centralized, for purposes of consistency and cost effectiveness, while independent administration is encouraged. Education and training on Safe Community initiatives extends campus wide.
Please refer to the Safe Campus Violence Continuum and the Preventing Violence Escalation document for information on ways to identify and prevent violence from occurring and how to effectively respond, including to Domestic Violence. Please refer to the Student In Difficulty document for ways to identify and assist students who may be experiencing major obstacles in successfully completing their academic program. For more information on Western's Safe Campus Community, refer to Western's Safe Campus Community Policy. For further information on Campus Police presentations to Faculty and Staff refer to Violence, Potential Violence and Domestic Violence.
Western has numerous safety initiatives on campus. Please see the following document for more information.
Best Practices in Violence Prevention & Emergency Prepardness is a PowerPoint presentation for the March 28, 2008 CAUBO conference.