General ED Publications
In 2005 the U.S. Department of Education published The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting, a compendium of U.S. Department of Education (ED) guidance on complying with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). Since that time, the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) was signed into law, amending the Clery Act and adding a number of safety- and security-related requirements to the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). This new legislation necessitated writing The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting-an updated and expanded version of the previous handbook. This new version of the handbook will familiarize you with the amended Clery Act and the new regulations that were added by HEOA. Similar to the 2005 version, this handbook takes you step by step along the path to compliance and explains what the regulations mean and what they require of your institution.
In response to the tragic shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ("Virginia Tech") on April 16, 2007, former cabinet Secretaries Michael Leavitt and Margaret Spellings, and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales submitted the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy dated June 13, 2007. The report included a recommendation that the U.S. Secret Service (USS), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) explore the issue of violence at institutions of higher education (IHEs). Accordingly, ED/USS/FBI initiated a collaborative effort to understand the nature of this violence and identify ways of preventing future attacks that would affect our nation's colleges and universities. In total, 272 incidents were identified through a comprehensive search of more than 115,000 results in open-source reporting from 1900 to 2008. The findings are pertinent and far-reaching, and the incidents studied include all forms of targeted violence, ranging from domestic violence to serial killers.
Información práctica sobre la planificación para situaciones de crisis (Spanish Version) [PDF, 276KB]
The U.S. Department of Education has developed this guide to provide schools and their communities with a general introduction to crisis management as it applies to schools and basic guidelines for developing school crisis management plans. Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Communities and Schools outlines the four phases of crisis planning (prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery) and provides checklists of the critical issues encountered in each phase. The Guide also provides information on specific elements of crisis management, including leadership, communication and the Incident Command System (ICS).
More info: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/crisisplanning.html
This Action Guide , released in January 2009, offers institutions of higher education a useful resource in the field of emergency management. Produced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS), in collaboration with the ED's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center (TA Center), and based initially on the contributions of an Expert Panel convened by ED and the TA Center, this Action Guide is intended to serve as a resource for all types of institutions of higher education. The Action Guide aims to offer support to community colleges, two- and four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, and research institutions associated with higher education entities, both public and private, in their emergency management planning efforts. Depending on need and experience, the information provided in this Action Guide can help personnel from institutions of higher education and their partners better understand the field of emergency management within a higher education context, develop and implement an institution's emergency management plan, and/or serve as a reference and resource to improve an institution's existing plans. The Action Guide is not meant to serve as a prescriptive document, but, rather is intended to provide a number of resources and references to facilitate the emergency management planning process for institutions at all levels of knowledge and development.
Guide to School Vulnerability Assessments [PDF, 2.7MB]
Guía para las evaluaciones de vulnerabilidad escolar (Spanish Version) [PDF, 2.45MB]
This guide is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, originally published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 as a guide for schools and districts to prepare for a variety of crises. This new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, emphasizes a valuable part of emergency management planning-ongoing vulnerability assessment-and is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive or to give step-by-step instructions for conducting assessments, rather it is intended to describe the key elements to be considered when selecting an assessment tool appropriate for school environments and provide guidance for conducting an assessment that will inform school emergency management activities.
Threat Assessment in Schools
These two guides, published by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service, were developed as part of the Safe School Initiative, a study of 37 school shootings and other school-based attacks that took place between 1974 and 2000. These guides set forth a process for identifying, assessing, and managing students who may pose a threat of targeted violence in schools. This process, known as threat assessment, was first pioneered by the U.S. Secret Service and has been modified based upon findings from this study. These guides are intended for use by school personnel, law enforcement officials, and others with protective responsibilities in our nation's schools.
The Bystander Report was developed by the United States Secret Service and United State Department of Education. The report provides Knowledge of Potential School-Based Violence: Information Students learn May Prevent a Targeted Attack.
Practical information for parents, students, teachers, and others who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster. (September 2005)