CSU updates A.L.I.C.E. training

By: KC Longley

Oct. 29, 2018

The university has changed the way students receive training about responding to active shooters on campus.
Since the fall of 2014, A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training has been a part of the ASC 101: Introduction to University Life’s curriculum. However, instead of teaching more than 60 sessions of this training to each section of ASC 101 throughout the semester, the Cleveland State University

Police Department has implemented a new way of providing this information to the student body.
Sarah Pankratz, the manager of the First Year Experience program who started at Cleveland State in February 2018, met with campus police last spring to learn about the successes and failures of delivering A.L.I.C.E training.

In addition to deciding to find a new way to deliver the A.L.I.C.E. training to students, they also talked about making the training available to all students, not just first-year students, which involved Student Life in the program.

Now, students of all class levels, as well as faculty and staff, may attend.

The campus police will teach 10 sessions to students this term, with the final session taking place Nov. 13 during common hour. So far, 1,125 students have attended the training.

“The benefit allows for CSUPD to carry out this program more effectively by providing a number of optional days/times for students to attend in a larger space,” Pankratz said.

“When you have one person trying to reach well over 1,000 students, it is more feasible to move to a venue and model where you can accommodate a larger audience.”

Because it is the first year for this change in training, Pankratz said there is always room for improvement.

For students who are in ASC 101, it is easy to promote the training sessions as it is a part of their course syllabus.

To reach other students, program organizers posted announcements on social media, as well as pre-registration, promotion and check-in on Orgsync, a website that connects student organizations, the office of student life and students.

“Now that we have a baseline for this new model, we can continue to assess what improvements need to be made and develop more innovative ways to get the word out to students about the training,” Pankratz said.

Collaborating with Student Life was a new addition to the training. Pankratz said her goal after joining Cleveland State was to build partnerships across campus that would better serve students of all ages. She has also worked closely with Officer Toni Jones of the university police department, who has the certification to teach the program.

In addition to collaborating with Student Life on the training this year, Pankratz said they also collaborated with the Counseling Center, because of the serious nature of the training. The training sessions now start with an explanation of resources on campus for those who need them.

“[Active shooter situations] can be triggering and difficult to discuss,” Pankratz said. “We had a counselor present at each training as well as staff on standby in case anyone needed assistance to those resources.”

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