Oakland Community College (OCC) was one of three finalists out of 1,400 community colleges nationwide to be honored at the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conference in New Orleans, LA. OCC was recognized for its visionary work in the category of College Safety and Planning.
OCC was honored for fulfilling a number of safety and response criteria and its formation of a Clery Act/Title IX Compliance Committee two years ago in response to the addition of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The committee worked to ensure compliance with both the Clery Act and Title IX. As a result, OCC enhanced communication, training, community outreach and understanding of what responsible behavior looks like across its five campuses.
“We are gratified to see the work we are doing to ensure a safe learning environment is being recognized,” said Peter Provenzano, Interim Chancellor, OCC. “This remains a real team effort across the college, one of which we are committed to for continuous improvement.”
In addition, OCC also created a Suicide and Mental Health Response Task Force that developed administrative guidelines and procedures to provide a consistent college-wide response to students experiencing suicidal ideation or mental health issues.
In its commitment to safety and planning, OCC conducts regular crisis training including active shooter and campus crisis team practice scenarios. OCC also updated its emergency alert system to provide more immediate and effective notifications. The college routinely reviews and updates its safety procedures for labs and classrooms.
For a copy of OCC’s Department of Public Safety Annual Security Report, visit the college’s safety page at www.oaklandcc.edu/publicsafety.