Workshop D | Campus Events, Controversial Speakers, and Protests: Creating Policies for Maintaining Safety, Security and University Support on Campus Panel
Steven Vrooman, Professor of Communication, Texas Lutheran University
Part 1 – Large Scale Event Safety in Confined Spaces
Following the tragedy of the Las Vegas-Mandalay Bay mass shootings, security leaders are rethinking the playbook for properly safeguarding today’s confined spaces. James DeMeo will discuss how security leaders can make a monumental impact in the vertical by sharing leading practices and lessons learned with their industry peers.
Confined space protection refers to densely populated areas where people congregate to watch a particular performance. Proactive risk mitigation event staff training is a key component in confronting these types of challenges. The integration of technology, physical security screening measures, biometrics, licence plate readers, effective communications between first responders and event staff, crowd control, crowd dynamics, understanding patron demographics, along with responsible social media monitoring can play a monumental role in helping to prevent/reduce the loss of life concerning the proper safeguarding of future events.
The importance of brand protection, business continuity and resiliency cannot be underscored in these endeavors. Safeguarding these confined spaces is not a fear-based model but one based upon employee empowerment. Proactive training, education and career development resources for those protecting the space will be the difference maker in keeping fans safe and secure.
Part 2 – Managing Controversial Speakers on Campus
Steven Vrooman will lay out some key areas of law, overview current developments with speakers and campuses across the country, and set forth some critical areas for decisions higher ed institutions should be making to be proactive on these issues. He and attendees will then engage in a robust discussion where private and public institutions will dialogue and be separated into smaller working groups of similar institutions to develop ideas in response to some test cases.
This session will highlight the current state of the controversial speaker landscape and what to look ahead to during the election season.
Part 3 – Developing Partnerships with All Community Stakeholders for Large Events
Lt. Mario Leon will discuss how successful large-scale events on a university campus involves many partnerships with both internal university departments and support from local/state/federal law enforcement agencies. It is important to address security issues both within the venue and the surrounding areas of campus. Although law enforcement takes point in many circumstances, ongoing planning with university officials is key to promoting a safe and secure environment.
- Understand the importance of integration of technologies/physical security and its impact.
- Learn about the numerous challenges facing today's event security leaders and receive insight on what to plan for during this election year.
- Recognize the value in combining law enforcement operations with university resources in planning large events.