Advisory Council on Campus Safety Recommendations Based on Survey Results
June 20, 2018
In February 2018, the Advisory Council on Campus Safety released the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Safety Survey in order to get community input on safety issues on campus. We received great feedback from 956 individuals, of which:
- 55% of the respondents are from UW Bothell
- 39% of the respondents are from Cascadia College
- 6% of the respondents are affiliated with both (such as facilities staff who work across campus)
- 604 students completed the survey
- Students make up 63% of the total respondents, staff 26%, and faculty 11%
Overall, the results show that:
- 83% of the respondents feel somewhat or completely safe on campus
- 8% of the respondents feel somewhat unsafe on campus
- 2% of the respondents feel very unsafe on campus
While we are encouraged by the percentage of respondents who feel somewhat or completely safe on campus, we are committed to understanding why 10% of our community feels somewhat or very unsafe on campus. The Advisory Council has used the survey results to identify actions we might take across campus to help everyone feel safer.
In order to gain more insight into the previously published quantitative results, particularly around questions of what makes people on campus feel safe and unsafe, the Advisory Council spent spring quarter delving into the responses for the write-in sections of the survey. This analysis was carried out in five working groups assigned to the following questions from the survey:
- “Areas of High Concern” – Explanations
- “Overall How Safe Do You Feel On Campus” – Explanations
- “Specific safety trainings or seminars you would like to see offered”
- “Suggestions to improve safety on campus”
- “Other issues, programs or resources regarding safety on campus that you would like to hear more about?”
Reports from the five working groups were discussed by the council as a whole. Below is a prioritized list of recommendations for action compiled from these discussions.
One overwhelming theme that emerged from the survey results is the need for active and strategic communications about Campus Safety programs, resources, and policies. Many respondents reported that they were not aware of resources and programs that are already in effect. This is reflected in the recommendations that follow.
- Partner with other groups on campus to facilitate more open discussions across campus communities regarding safety at UW Bothell and Cascadia College.
- Active and multi-channel efforts should be made to communicate with the various communities on campus about safety policies, procedures, and resources already in place, including the roles and responsibilities of Bothell PD, Campus Safety, students, faculty, and staff. Some suggestions include:
- Implement a quarterly Campus Safety eNewsletter complete with links to key resources and features on resources and trainings, plus any incident reports from the previous quarter. The Advisory Council on Campus Safety will contribute to content strategy.
- List the types of trainings that Campus Safety officers receive on the website. (Based on Advisory Council conversations, Campus Safety has already implemented this.)
- Create online reporting form on campus website. (Based on Advisory Council conversations, Campus Safety is working on this.)
- Make a link to Campus Safety webpages more visible on the web pages for both institutions.
- Continue and promote events like Donuts and Dialogue that give opportunities to the campus to interact with Campus Safety and Bothell Police Officers. Consider other events such as “Security Walks” in which campus community members can walk with Campus Safety and discuss areas of physical concern.
- Try reaching audiences with different tools than just the website and email.
- Vary the timing, frequency and method of the following types of training available to the campus community:
- Active Shooter Response
- Emergency Response Drills (such as fire for and earthquake)
- Identifying potentially dangerous behaviors and how to respond
- First Aid
- De-escalation of aggressive behavior
- Cultural Competency
- Implicit Bias
- Preventing sexual harassment and assault and supporting survivors
- Increase visibility of Campus Safety and Bothell Police on campus in an outreach effort to further develop our relationships as a community.
- Create standard and repeatable trainings for campus safety and emergency preparedness to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are given the information they need to access safety resources on campus and understand their roles and responsibilities. Two ideas for this would be to 1) develop an online training that orients students, faculty, and staff to campus safety resources, policies, procedures, roles and responsibilities; 2) work with academic unit heads to see how safety information for particular classrooms, labs, and buildings can be shared as part of course instruction.
- Develop and disseminate a clear lockdown procedure for campus buildings that reflects current capacities and the physical spaces we occupy.
- Establish a process to conduct a campus wide review of the current exterior lighting levels and in all parking facilities including flat lots and public pathways, scheduled on a routine rotation to accommodate for campus growth, vegetation growth, and technical advancements in lighting.
The Advisory Council on Campus Safety
- Gordon Dutrisac, Director of Student Advising & Support Services, Cascadia College, (Co-chair)
- John Egdorf, Construction Project Manager, Physical Planning & Space Management, UW Bothell
- Katie Horowitz, Director, Student Affairs, GSO representative, UW Bothell
- Faye Houshyari, Faculty, Cascadia College
- Maria Raza, ASUWB Sophomore Senator, UW Bothell
- Andrew Shinn, Communications Manager, IAS, UW Bothell (Co-chair)
- Atlas Turner, Director of Health & Sustainability, Cascadia Student Government, Cascadia College
- Darren Branum, Emergency Prep Manager, Facilities Services, UW Bothell
- Cham Kao, Director, Campus Safety, UW Bothell
- Bobby Buendia, Campus Resource Officer, Bothell Police