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Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Research & Instruction, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
Founded in 1993, Campus Safety Magazine was acquired by EH Publishing in 2013 and is described as “the only publication that reaches public safety and security decision makers in hospitals, K-12 schools, and universities.” Campus Safety Magazine in print is available by subscription; it is also accessible online at no charge. Individuals may register for free access to the magazine and get email updates with added value content links to webinars, eNewsletters, social media, and downloadable reports and white papers.
The online Campus Safety Magazine homepage is packed with current news, product information, articles, blog, photos, videos, podcasts, webcasts, and downloads. Magazine topics include “tough topics that face campus safety professionals daily,” such as: active shooter, Title IX, mass notification, access control, video surveillance, two-way communication, body armor, and creating a culture of safety in schools, universities and hospitals. Articles in recent issues covered “FBI Uses Facial Recognition Software to Catch Criminals,” “Creating Threat Assessment Teams in Medical Facilities,” and “Training Campus Police to be Sexual Assault Victim Advocates.” The mission of Campus Safety Magazine is to serve campus police chiefs, security directors, IT personnel and executive administrators involved in public safety and security with articles and news about school and public safety, access control, video surveillance, and mass notification system in case there is an emergency, It provides more with a newsletter section, For Parents, with information on “Study Identifies People Most Likely to Abuse Painkillers,” or more welcome news, “”Study Finds Decline in Underage Drinking from 2002 to 2013.” The Public Safety link works for both professional and parental groups with insights on “How to Use Scenarios in Training to Improve Campus Safety and Security” and “Interacting with individuals with Autism During Emergencies: Know the signs of a person with ASD and how you can effectively respond to them.”
Email news comes daily and also connects to additional content on the Campus Safety Magazine website. One example is a white paper related to healthcare regulatory compliance in “Cloud-based Technology Brings Healthcare Safety, Security and Facilities Teams Enhanced Efficiencies in Meeting Compliance Mandates.” There have been a number of HIPAA violations at medical facilities where patient health information (PHI) is compromised. Campus Safety Magazine had reported a HIPAA amendment requiring “all business associates to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services’ regulations. Under the amendment providers must have an agreement with business associates on the handling of PHI. In recent cases the Office for Civil Rights has made it clear that various internet service providers qualify as business associates. An OCR spokeswoman urged organizations to pay attention to HIPAA regulations when using document-sharing applications on the internet.”
The broad scope of physical safety and online security of Campus Safety Magazine makes it an important tool for education and medical administrators, planners, and heads of security.