With the protection of CUNY students, faculty and staff of paramount concern, the University has in place procedures and resources to enhance safety at our campuses. In light of the tragic events that have occurred in Newtown, Conn., I wish to remind all members of the University community of our prevention and response protocols that are currently in place at all colleges. These include:
• Each campus has a Behavioral Intervention Team to assess potential threats and risk.
• More than 285,000 subscribers have enrolled in CUNY Alert and can be notified about a security emergency as conditions warrant.
• Colleges have conducted training response drills with key staff to simulate a variety of situations including ongoing emergency response
• The University is continuously coordinating with the New York City Police Department to promote a rapid response as needed for emergency situations.
• Campus Public Safety Officers receive ongoing training on best practices for responding to active shooter scenarios.
• Response protocols from U.S. Department of Homeland Security are posted on the University’s website. All members of the community are encouraged to review it. The primer includes response recommendations as well as a
guide to recognizing potentially threatening behavior. The direct link to the report is http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/ehsrm/safety/active_shooter.pdf
Additional safety measures have been instituted at each CUNY campus or University office consistent with local needs.
A reminder: if you have not already done so, sign up today for CUNY Alert at http://www.cuny.edu/alert.