Wesleyan praised for campus crisis response

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The Courant took note of the Wesleyan administration’s quick response to the campus security crisis last week, including the campus lockdown and rapid communications, which may have prevented it from escalating into a much more serious situation like at Virginia Tech two years ago.

The federal Higher Education Opportunity Act passed last year required all colleges to create communications systems to contact students immediately in response to dangerous situations, and Wesleyan had “CONNECT”ed with the email, voicemail,  and text message system which was activated on Wednesday.

The University’s response process over the course of those two days is detailed, along with the reactions of parents and campus security watchdog groups:

“From what I have seen, Wesleyan did respond quickly to getting the information out to its students and its faculty,” said Alison Kiss, programs director for Security on Campus Inc. [a nonprofit group in Pennsylvania dedicated to promoting college safety].

David Pesci, the Wesleyan spokesman, said that the most important thing in handling a campus emergency is relaying the facts “with concise and clear communication. …You want to keep people informed and keep any kind of frantic response or panic to a minimum.”

Which is what happened, thankfully.

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14 thoughts on “Wesleyan praised for campus crisis response

  1. Anonymous

    THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WERE NEVER TOLD THAT ANYTHING WAS GOING ON. THEY FOUND OUT ON THE NEWS WHEN THEY CAME HOME AND HAD TO GO TO WORK THE NEXT DAY ANYWAYS AS IF IT WERE A NORMAL DAY.

  2. Anonymous

    THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WERE NEVER TOLD THAT ANYTHING WAS GOING ON. THEY FOUND OUT ON THE NEWS WHEN THEY CAME HOME AND HAD TO GO TO WORK THE NEXT DAY ANYWAYS AS IF IT WERE A NORMAL DAY.

  3. Anonymous

    I never got an email or phone message? I am a part-time employee and have an extension. I used to get bulletins, but for some reason i haven’t got them recently. How do I make sure I get future notifications?

    I also couldn’t find “Campus Wide Emergency Broadcast system. It’s near the bottom of “Personal Profile”. Please advise

  4. Anonymous

    I never got an email or phone message? I am a part-time employee and have an extension. I used to get bulletins, but for some reason i haven’t got them recently. How do I make sure I get future notifications?

    I also couldn’t find “Campus Wide Emergency Broadcast system. It’s near the bottom of “Personal Profile”. Please advise

  5. Anonymous

    Bon Appetit workers were notified alongside students at every step of last week’s developments. They were told that they were not obliged to come to work, yet most showed up anyway to prepare us boxed lunches, because they love us.

  6. Anonymous

    Bon Appetit workers were notified alongside students at every step of last week’s developments. They were told that they were not obliged to come to work, yet most showed up anyway to prepare us boxed lunches, because they love us.

  7. Anonymous

    What about workers who don’t have an e-portfolio, like those who work for stonehenge and Bon Appetit? Shouldn’t they have a way to get notified too? Bon Appetit seems like less of an issue than stonehenge, since you could put the campus extensions where they work on the notification system, but the stonehenge people are always outside, often in twos or threes, and really could benefit from mobile notifications.

  8. Anonymous

    What about workers who don’t have an e-portfolio, like those who work for stonehenge and Bon Appetit? Shouldn’t they have a way to get notified too? Bon Appetit seems like less of an issue than stonehenge, since you could put the campus extensions where they work on the notification system, but the stonehenge people are always outside, often in twos or threes, and really could benefit from mobile notifications.

  9. Anonymous

    If you have an employee e-portfolio, there is a section to give emergency contact phone # for Campus Wide Emergency Broadcast system. It’s near the bottom of “Personal Profile”.

  10. Anonymous

    If you have an employee e-portfolio, there is a section to give emergency contact phone # for Campus Wide Emergency Broadcast system. It’s near the bottom of “Personal Profile”.

  11. Anonymous

    That’s a good point #1. I remember on Wed. there were a bunch of groundsworkers working like normal. It’s like nobody told them…

    Overall, the admin., psafe, and, yes, MPD did a great job.

  12. Anonymous

    That’s a good point #1. I remember on Wed. there were a bunch of groundsworkers working like normal. It’s like nobody told them…

    Overall, the admin., psafe, and, yes, MPD did a great job.

  13. Anonymous

    Is there a reason why non-students on campus (e.g. Bon Appetit) do not get emergency notifications?

  14. Anonymous

    Is there a reason why non-students on campus (e.g. Bon Appetit) do not get emergency notifications?

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