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SCMT379 - School and Campus Security

Course Details

Course Code: SCMT379 Course ID: 3848 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Over the last several years, the perception of safety has been challenged by a series of high profile critical incidents, litigation, legislation and the protection of the 2nd Amendment, right to bear arms. Officials at educational and all types of institutions must be prepared to manage every day security issues while planning for high impact scenarios such as terrorism and active shooter/ mass casualty incidents. Students will explore risk management and emergency management protocols, the threat assessment process, crisis and recovery measures, and become aware of the Department of Homeland Security protocols for active shooters/mass casualty incidents. Students will be required to take the web-based FEMA Active Shooter training and upon successful completion will receive a FEMA certification. This course will benefit students in the educational, criminal justice, security management, emergency management and, homeland security fields of study.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Identify the types of violence, an overview of reactions to violence and TOADS (time opportunity ability desire stimulus).

CO-2: Identify the factors that make college campuses vulnerable to violence and describe the effects of alcohol on campus violence as well as providing controls to alcohol on campuses.

CO-3: Identify red flags for potential violence and integrate all campus personnel, students, and parents into red flag response.

CO-4: Identify the proper policies and systems necessary to reduce the chance of a violent event and the correct actions to take once a violent event is in progress.

CO-5: Identify the proper steps to take in handling legal matters after an incident and the procedures to assist in maintaining a healthy campus environment after an incident.

CO-6: Identify the specific traits, warning signs, responses, and dangers of three specific strains of campus violence: sexual assault, suicide, and hate crimes.

CO-7: Identify the specific traits, warning signs, responses, and dangers of three more specific strains of campus violence: hazing, avenger violence, and rioting.

CO-8: Identify the specific traits, warning signs, responses, and dangers of two more specific strains of campus violence: homicide/non-sexual assault, and arson/bombing. Also be able to predict the evolution of campus violence in the future.

Forum Assignments

Each week, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET (Sunday at 11:55 pm ET for week 1 only) and respond to two (2) or more classmates by Sunday 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Midterm Assessment

The midterm assessment is an untimed open book assessment. It will be comprised of two comprehensive essay questions that cover selected sections of the assigned readings.

Case Study

For the Case Study, you will provide a brief overview of the case, analyze the information, and draw a conclusion. APA formatting is required.

Final Assessment

Students will complete the FEMA Certification Course Titled IS-907 Active Shooter.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum 1 2.86 %
Forum 2 2.86 %
Forum 3 2.86 %
Forum 4 2.86 %
Forum 5 2.86 %
Forum 6 2.86 %
Forum 7 2.86 %
Case Studies 30.00 %
Case Study (Due Week 6) 30.00 %
Midterm Assessment 30.00 %
Midterm Assessment 30.00 %
Final Assessment 20.00 %
FEMA Active Shooter Certificate (Final) 20.00 %

Nicoletti J, Spencer-Thomas, S, Bollinger, C. (2009 ). Violence Goes to College. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publishers.

Book Title:Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention - E-book available in the APUS Online Library
Unit Cost:$60.89
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Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.