Dominican University of California
 

Location

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 5:20 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 5:35 PM

Department

Political Science and International Studies

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Gigi Gokcek, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

There are many forms of policy that University administrators create; a main portion of which addresses crises such as sexual assault violations, school shootings and suicide. The federal government has a role in the development of policy, which Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) demonstrate. Crisis Management Teams (CMT’s), comprised of teachers, administrators, and other university faculty are committees who, on behalf of the university, implement the policies written by the government. Where the issue occurs is the lack of student involvement on these committees. Why are the people who the policy is written for withheld from the decision making process? Why is there not a stronger student involvement on these committees? By adding a student voice onto CMT’s, there will be a better connection between the committee with the students, which will allow for more efficient and inclusive policies to be written and administered. In order to evaluate how universities handle crises both in the moment and in the aftermath in culmination with how student input could have helped prevent the situation, this study focuses on the cases of the Virginia Tech Massacre and the University of Texas shooting in dealing with crises.

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The Power of the Student in University Crisis Management Policy Development

Guzman 114, Dominican University of California

There are many forms of policy that University administrators create; a main portion of which addresses crises such as sexual assault violations, school shootings and suicide. The federal government has a role in the development of policy, which Title IX and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) demonstrate. Crisis Management Teams (CMT’s), comprised of teachers, administrators, and other university faculty are committees who, on behalf of the university, implement the policies written by the government. Where the issue occurs is the lack of student involvement on these committees. Why are the people who the policy is written for withheld from the decision making process? Why is there not a stronger student involvement on these committees? By adding a student voice onto CMT’s, there will be a better connection between the committee with the students, which will allow for more efficient and inclusive policies to be written and administered. In order to evaluate how universities handle crises both in the moment and in the aftermath in culmination with how student input could have helped prevent the situation, this study focuses on the cases of the Virginia Tech Massacre and the University of Texas shooting in dealing with crises.