Securityis an ever-changing process in all places, and institutions of higherlearning are not an exception. The safety procedures must be updatedto match with any legislation and changing trends in the world.Tri-County Technical College has the procedures in place but wouldrequire an upgrade of the same. The report will compare theprocedures of the institution with those of the Midlands TechnicalCollege. It will then make recommendations on how to improve on thesituation.
HigherEducation Act of 1965 requires that campuses must reveal the securityinformation and the crime statistics. The law has had severalamendments to match the current status of crime in campuses. ViolenceAgainst Women Act of 2013 is another law that helps guide thesecurity and safety procedures in colleges (Yung 12). The rulerelates to all matters concerning sex in campuses. The changes incrime statistics around the nation and the frequent updates have theinstitution to revise the laws. Moreover, the student population ison a steady rise, which brings up the need to have a comprehensivesecurity and safety procedure.
Figure1: Sexual Assault Statistics
Thecomparison between the two institutions will be at how best theyaddress the security needs. At the same time, it will look at theeffectiveness of the procedures and how easy it is to get help incase there is the need. The language used to communicate theprocedures and the confidentiality will also be a point of focus inthis report.
Thereare conspicuous differences in the security and safety procedures inthe two institutions. Although the two have campus police, theoperations are different. The officers at the Midland TechnicalInstitute have an efficient way of reporting the crime. There arephone booths at strategic points where people can record reports.Additionally, there is an emergency number which the caller can reachthe campus police at the press of one button (“2014Annual Safety and Security Report”).Indeed, that makes efficient, and a person reporting a crime feelsthere is confidentiality. On the other hand, the broadcastingprocedure at the Tri-County Technical College is not as efficient. Aperson has to appear at the campus police to report a crimephysically. One of the options available is making a system wherereporting can be made over the phone. On that note, it has to be freeand quick.
Figure2: Tri-County Technical College Police Department
Additionally,at the Midland Technical Institute, there is a comprehensive policyon the prevention and dealing with crimes. All manners of misconductsare included in their safety and security manual. There is also aclear way to the options of how one can report the crime. Moreover,the manual covers both the employees and the students of the campus.Furthermore, there is a code of how students should behave even whenthey are not in the campus. There is a demand that they should notcommit crimes while they are outside the institution. It also clearon the use of drugs and the impact it may have on their lives. AtTri-County Technical College, the manual mainly deals with crimesrelated to sexual abuse. It details what these forms of crimes areand how to avoid them. At the same time, it details on what a victimshould do (“AddressingSexual Harassment/Sexual Violence”).However, beyond that, it is the victim to take the matter up with thepolice.
Categoryby Category Comparison
Thereporting procedure at the Midland Technical Institute encourages allto share information with the campus police. They are also guaranteedof a speedy response. In case they would want to remain anonymous, itis easy to do that. On the other hand, at the Tri-County TechnicalCollege, a clear reporting procedure does not exist. Besides, thosewho may want to report a crime will have to go in person to thecampus police. That discourages reporting and takes time before thereis a response.
AtTri-County Technical College, the only crimes covered in the manualinclude those related to sexual offences. In such a case, it appearsthat the institution is trying to meet the legal requirement. Theopposite of that is true at the Midland Technical Institute. Thereare many crimes included in the manual, procedures, and what mayhappen to both the victim and the perpetrator. Some of the crimesincluded are violence, theft, sexual harassment, and drug processionand abuse.
Reportingof crimes is one of the best ways to deter its happening. Therefore,the recommendation is that the institution should install telephonebooths throughout the college. The phone booths will be within easyreach of those willing to report any crime. They should also have anemergency number which will be easy dial and reach the police.
Althoughthe manual of security and safety procedures at the Tri-CountyTechnical College meets the legal requirements, it falls short ofaddressing the needs of the students and the employees. Moreover, thereporting process is likely to discourage those willing to reportongoing criminal activities. The approaches at the Midlands TechnicalCollege seem to cover the safety requirements of employees andstudents at the institution.
“2014Annual Safety and Security Report," MidlandsTechnical College,2014. Retrieved fromhttps://www.midlandstech.edu/sites/default/files/mtc/about/2014_Annual_Security_Report.pdf
“AddressingSexual Harassment/Sexual Violence,” TriCounty Technical College,2015. Retrieved fromhttp://www.tctc.edu/Documents/About_TCTC/title_ix_2015_Tri-County%20Technical%20College_proof3(1).pdf#zoom=125
Yung,Corey Rayburn. "Concealing Campus Sexual Assault: An EmpiricalExamination." Psychology,Public Policy, and Law vol.21,no. 1, 2015, p. 1-9. Retrieved fromhttps://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/law-0000037.pdf
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