Conference examines campus security

Marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings at Virginia Tech, public safety professionals will explore progress and continuing questions related to campus security in a conference set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The event, titled "Campus Safety in Focus: Advances and Ongoing Challenges One Year Later," will feature the release of a "Blueprint for Safer Campuses" by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Steven Healy, Princeton's director of public safety and immediate past president of IACLEA, will be joined in the presentation by Gary Margolis, chief of police at the University of Vermont, and Dolores Stafford, chief of police at George Washington University.

Katherine Newman, Princeton's Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, will deliver the keynote address. Newman is the author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings," which examines the rash of school shootings in the 1990s, the roots of school violence and the repercussions for the affected communities.

Campus safety professionals and other experts also will participate in panel discussions on the best practices and model policies in threat assessment, the growing complexities in liability analysis and the state of campus safety in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required. For the conference agenda and registration information, visit the conference website.

The event is sponsored by the Policy Research Institute for the Region, the Department of Public Safety and IACLEA.