Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Get students involved in securing schools

Friday, December 23, 2011

As the need for security increases, whether its K-12 or on college campuses, educators certainly don’t want to turn their schools into fortresses.

While certain elements, such as or metal detectors, may be necessary evils, some security experts believe that creating a good relationship with students could be just as important.


According to this article at Assa Abloy’s Future Lab Web site, one German school uses the crime prevention through environmental design principle in that if the students feel the classrooms belong to them, they will protect them. It’s what one risk management expert calls “territoriality.”

One teacher believes students can be her main allies at helping secure a school. The first task, she says, is to create groups of students which are small enough to be able to take responsibility.

“We have teaching groups of seven to nine teachers with three classes of altogether around 80 children,” she explains, “and they stay together all the way through their education.” The teachers get to know the children well. “I know who’s feeling unhappy today, I know what goes on at home, I can spot a child who has changed worryingly. And they know they can talk to us,” says the teacher.

The school emphasizes the “safe classroom”, where children are encouraged to feel secure “not only physically but also emotionally,” she adds. The students even help design the rooms.

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new bill that’s intended to deter identify thieves, as well as quell concerns from parents.

House Bill 1076, signed last month, mandates that public school students in Louisiana will receive unique identification numbers to replace the Social Security numbers, which are currently on students’ academic files. The bill was drawn into the debate following the fear that student information forms that accompany the state’s Common Core tests would be vulnerable to data breaches.

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In Georgia, Chattooga County School officials are planning to use new student ID cards to help track students as they board and depart school buses.

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Universities nationwide have embraced the off-campus capabilities of their ID cards, opening the door for vendors to offer their services to the student population. The result of these efforts is a growing roster of merchants and a rather impressive list of discount opportunities.

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A senior at Westlake High School in the Los Angeles area, has created a new solution called SwipeID, a device that enables students to accrue points by attending school events.

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