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The Precarious State of Campus Safety and How AI Can Be a Stabilizer

July 27, 2023
by
Maili Neverosky

How campus safety leaders can leverage AI to enhance safety measures

Let’s face it, the world isn’t as safe as it used to be… and one of the most vulnerable places these days is university campuses. The state of university campus safety is unfortunately grim, leaving students, faculty, staff, parents, and safety teams searching for solutions. A few notable statistics from top areas of concern:

Campus Shootings

Since 1966, there have been 12 mass shootings at U.S. colleges, resulting in 98 deaths (source: Campus Safety Magazine). 75% of those shootings have occurred in the last 16 years alone. 

Crime 

About 27,300 criminal incidents on campuses at postsecondary institutions were reported to police and security agencies in 2019 (source: National Center for Education Statistics). 

Sexual Assault

One in four undergraduate women reported experiencing sexual assault during their college years (source: Association of American Universities). 

Theft

In 2019, there were 9,000 incidents of burglaries, representing 33% of crimes, and 3,100 incidents of motor vehicle thefts, representing 11% of crimes (source: National Center for Educational Statistics).

Hate Crimes

There were 757 hate crimes reported on college campuses in 2019 (source: National Center for Educational Statistics).

Mental Health

Over 60% of college students reported experiencing depression or anxiety in the spring of 2022 (source: American College Health Association). 

As a result, students are feeling more and more vulnerable:

  • 56% of university students worry about campus safety, and 57% say their college should be doing more to protect them at school (source: BestColleges).
  • More than 80% of university students were concerned for their personal safety as they returned to campus in 2021 (source: Clery Center).

Looking to innovative solutions

In this new era of technology, campus safety teams are looking to AI for new ways to keep their communities safe, through weapon detection tools. This approach indubitably will help prevent gun violence incidents as well as increase student feelings of safety. But what about all the incidents that don’t involve weapons, or happen outside the bounds of weapon detection cameras?

It’s time campus safety teams turn to the latest technology to prepare campus goers with just in time resources – making critical information available in critical moments. That’s why Marist College is leveraging Conveyer AI for dynamic mental health and public safety resources. Conveyer transforms disparate safety documentation into digital, multimedia engagement platforms, where students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors can search for and quickly access relevant protocols, instructions, forms, and phone numbers in case of emergency.

Conveyer’s AI platform turns vital information into digital resources that users can instantly access by scanning a QR code with their smartphone. By transforming your safety documentation with Conveyer, there’s no need for training or onboarding, and no need to download apps or register devices in advance: users simply scan a code to instantly get the support and information they need.

The result: a frictionless solution that appeals to today’s tech-savvy students, but that’s intuitive enough to be used by a visiting parent (or grandparent) with no prior training — and that’s intelligent enough to provide actionable emergency information right when it’s needed.

Seamless implementation

Through Conveyer AI, campus safety teams can generate dynamic safety resources within a week’s time – just send us your documentation, and we’ll produce a multimedia, searchable web application for you, accessible via custom QR code. ​​The inclusion of inconspicuous yet easily scannable codes on visitor passes and ID cards can guarantee immediate access to trustworthy information for all individuals on campus during emergencies. 

Codes can be incorporated into the physical surroundings to offer relevant resources unique to specific situations. For instance, scannable tags can be effortlessly integrated into maps, signs, fire alarms, safety phones, and first-aid kits, providing specific instructions on emergency response, safe building evacuation, requesting aid, and other related guidance. 

Moreover, every code scan becomes a valuable data point, revealing details about when, where, and by whom it was scanned. This empowers institutions to analyze and enhance public safety interventions.

In today’s demanding world, achieving educational excellence begins with building a safe, connected, and responsive campus environment. Conveyer aims to empower public safety teams with access to cutting edge tools that drive accessibility, awareness, and usability of critical safety information, in the moment it's needed. Contact our team today to learn more.