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EDUCAUSE Summit: The Role of IT in Campus Security and Emergency Management

Colleges and universities are subject to all-hazards, ranging from natural disasters to man-made events.  Recent shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, coupled with the devastation of floods and hurricanes and the threat of domestic and international terrorism have created a new sense of urgency on our campuses as we continue to explore new practices and policies for security and emergency management, from preparedness through recovery. 

In February, EDUCAUSE joined NACUBO and several other higher education associations to launch a new initiative aimed at helping institutions of higher education to develop comprehensive, all-hazards emergency management plans. This month, EDUCAUSE will bring together campus and IT leaders to continue the dialogue.

On Aug. 18-19, key stakeholders in campus emergency management – from CIOs and IT leaders to public safety and law enforcement officers – will converge in Washington, DC, for, “The Role of IT in Campus Security and Emergency Management.” This two-day Summit will explore contemporary approaches and future possibilities for leveraging communications and information technologies as critical components of campus comprehensive emergency management plans.

As the conversation evolves, new ideas and emerging themes will be captured and shared on this EDUCAUSE blog, open to community input and comments.  Final results will be captured in a whitepaper and showcased this fall at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference in Orlando and will be disseminated through other association events and future publications.

For more information, contact Rodney Petersen, Government Relations Officer and Security Task Force Coordinator, at 202.331.5368 or rpetersen@educause.edu.

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