Division of Student Life recognized nationally for programming promoting campus safety

Division of Student Life recognized nationally for programming promoting campus safety

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Through innovative programming and services, as well as partnerships with other departments and divisions University-wide, Rowan University’s Division of Student Life has made the safety of Rowan students a hallmark.

Now, the division--which includes 21 different departments from Residential Learning to the Wellness Center to the Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR)--has been recognized nationally for its comprehensive efforts.

Safe Campus, The National Campus Safety Summit, has named the division as one of the nation’s top 25 administrative departments making a difference in student safety.

Rowan is third on the Safe Campus 2016 Top 25 List. Institutions on the list include, among others, Syracuse, Indiana, Towson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Tulane universities.

Initiatives instituted by the division complement the work of Rowan’s Department of Public Safety, which includes 35 police officers, as well as security officers, parking services and Emergency Medical Services. Public Safety has full national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“Parents and families trust us with their most prized possession and it is incumbent upon us to provide safe spaces for students to live, learn, play and thrive,” Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students Richard Jones says. “Members of the Division of Student Life take this charge seriously and we endeavor to deliver the safest of places for our students.”

According to Safe Campus officials, this year’s Top 25 list was chosen out of 4,706 administrative departments at colleges and universities nationwide. Each department was nominated based on its efforts and improvements to campus safety for the student body in their respective institutions.

Rowan representatives will accept their award at The National Campus Safety Summit in Las Vegas in February. Safe Campus was founded in 2012 to improve the safety of America’s students in response to the increasing number of campus shootings and other violent crime. The summit is the premier national conference on University safety.

Some of the recent safety initiatives presented by the Division of Student Life include:

- Title IX training for all 5,141 students attending Orientation this year;

- A new training program for all students focusing on the laws and university policies regarding sexual assault, harassment and abuse, developed in concert with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Student Government Association;

- Suicide prevention/intervention, alcohol and drug education and sexual assault prevention programs provided by the Wellness Center, including the RU A Lifesaver suicide prevention program, funded by a $270,000 grant;

- Diversity awareness trainings presented by SJICR for nearly 250 students, faculty and staff,  along with training on issues of equity with special attention to marginalized populations, such as women, the LGBT community and racial/ethnic minorities;

- Presentation of the first-ever Title IX conference for New Jersey college students, which Rowan will host in the spring in partnership with the Office of Equity and Diversity.

“They’ve proven an outstanding dedication to improving the safety of their students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Safe Campus Director Linda Shaw said of Rowan’s initiatives.