The shooting on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) on April 16, 2007, was a watershed moment for higher education leaders, exposing the tension between laws mandating privacy of student records and the need to protect the community during an active shooting event or other disaster. This qualitative case study explored how leaders at one campus made institutional decisions regarding development, planning, and implementation of readiness for an active shooter. Data gathered from documents and interviews with key personnel were analyzed to formulate a model of commitment to readiness for an active shooter incident that includes practical engagement (skills), debriefing past active shooter incidents (critical analysis), and general perception of readiness (emotional confidence). Recommendations for practice include rigorous debriefing of active shooter incidents at other campuses and an ongoing commitment to practical practice engagements at regular intervals to promote vigilance and competency among leaders and responders.
|Commitee:||Naples, Robert, Rich, Marc|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||School administration, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Active shooter, Crisis preparedness|
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