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CAMPUS LIFE AND SAFETY AND SECURITY (CLASS) TASK FORCE 2010 Annual Report

2008 CLASS Task Force Initiatives

Grant Training
The CLASS Task Force identified several sources of federal funds that are currently being utilized in Oklahoma to address emergency preparedness. Institutions were advised to seek out and coordinate with these existing emergency preparedness activities in order to maximize limited resources and promote greater collaboration with local responders.

FERPA/HIPAA Law Training
On Oct. 28, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education sponsored the 2008 Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Approximately 70 conference attendees participated in a breakout session about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The speaker was Leroy Rooker, director of the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

Campus Security Training
In April, the University of Central Oklahoma hosted the 2008 National Campus Security Summit: Practical Measures for Campus Security. The summit continued dialogue started at the inaugural summit in May 2007 and offered practical perspectives on issues pertinent to securing the country’s campuses, including crisis management, preparation and response, and the prevention and early intervention of behavioral and environment factors that affect students, faculty, staff and campus communities. Speakers included J. Stephen Tidwell, executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Lt. Darren Mitchell and Lt. Todd Henert, Northern Illinois University Police Department; Brett Sokolow, founder and director of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management; Gene Deisinger, deputy chief of police for Iowa State University; and Marisa Randazzo, president of Threat Assessment Resources International.

Photo of Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) security training conducted on the Northeastern State University campus.

In September, training for all Oklahoma public and private higher education and postsecondary institutions took place in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The Campus Safety and Security Seminar, offered by recognized experts, provided key emergency planners information to assist in developing or enhancing campus emergency plans. The training, sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, also covered topics such as establishing a planning team, conducting risk assessments, gathering information, developing plans, conducting exercises and more.

On Oct. 20, Francis Tuttle Technology Center hosted a seminar by Dr. John Nicoletti, a nationally recognized psychologist specializing in violence prevention. The seminar, “When Violence Comes to Campus: A Seminar on Preparedness,” was attended by more than 300 Francis Tuttle employees and other invited guests. Nicoletti discussed phases of violence, relevant incidents, types of perpetrators, success stories, warning signs, conducting a risk assessment, aftermath and more.

During the past three legislative sessions, the task force has actively opposed efforts that would force campuses to allow individuals to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Budget Request
CLASS submitted a legislative request for $16 million to be appropriated through the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security and distributed to public and private higher education institutions and career technology centers for the purpose of funding notification, response and behavioral threat assessment, response, recovery and prevention. The Funding Subcommittee determined that notification, response and mental health counseling budgets should equal approximately $100 per student (headcount enrollment) and that $16 million is needed annually to ensure that all institutions will have baseline funding.