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One Card to Rule Them All

- Missouri Southern State University is transitioning from traditional keys and locks to a single card that students and staff can use for campus access.


- The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a retired school bus teacher may obtain a concealed handgun license even though she also has authorization to use medical marijuana. The case is the latest in a round of cases seeking to clarify how medical marijuana factors into existing laws governing everything from weapons to employment.

To Carry or Not to Carry

- After a campus shooting—especially a mass shooting as occurred at Virginia Tech in 2007—there are suggestions that if students or faculty had been armed, they could have defended themselves. Others see the mixture of concealed carry of firearms and campus life as a recipe for disaster.

The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams

- A well-written guidebook for schools interested in creating campus threat assessment and management teams to identify potentially violent individuals.

Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool Through College

- Violence and Security on Campus is a comprehensive blueprint that stakeholders can use to plan for and deter acts of school violence.

Arizona Votes to Allow Guns on Campus

- The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a controversial bill that would allow guns to be carried on the sidewalks and roads of public universities.

State Legislation: California: School Safety

- A new bill (A.B. 13) introduced in the California Assembly would expand prohibitions against sex offenders working in state schools. Under existing law, public schools may not employ anyone convicted of a sex crime or controlled substance offense unless the conviction is reversed or the charges are dismissed. The new bill would clarify that these provisions also apply to charter schools. The bill would also prohibit anyone who has been convicted of a sex crime, controlled substance offense, or violent crime from working as a volunteer in schools.

State Legislation: Mississippi: Bullying

- A new law (formerly S.B. 2015) in Mississippi prohibits bullying or harassing behavior in public schools. School employees are required to report any such behavior to school officials. Under the new law, all schools must adopt a policy prohibiting bullying and harassment.

School Safety

- Schools are not doing a good job of screening employees to avoid hiring those with records of sexual abuse of children (.pdf), says a report from the Government Accountability Office.

SM Archives: The Importance of Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams

- The release of incident reports from Jared L. Loughner's community college demonstrate the importance of identifying people on campus who may pose a threat to themselves or others.

State Legislation: Illinois: School Safety

- A new law (previously H.B. 4647) in Illinois requires that the Chicago school system establish a violence-prevention hotline. The hotline will be developed in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department, and each call that comes in to the hotline will be answered by police department staff. Police will be required to record and investigate each call.


- The Lower Merion (Pennsylvania) School District has agreed to pay $610,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by students who claimed that district employees spied on the students using two-way Webcams that were incorporated into school-issued laptops.

Campus Safety

- Check out the safest and most dangerous U.S. college campuses, according to The Daily Beast. Spoiler alert: the Ivy League didn’t fare well.

Beyond Print

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