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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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that would ban biometric in schools throughout the state. In this latest edition of the Regarding ID podcast, legislators detail why they think a ban is necessary instead of providing an opt-out provision. Senator Dorothy Hukill (R – Port Orange) says the biometric ban is intended to protect students from having their identities stolen even though she admits that there is no recorded instance of a biometric database being breached and used to steal an individual’s identity.  

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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Students in Shanghai can now use electronic student ID cards to gain free or reduced admission to 60 of the city’s science and history museums, sports arenas and cultural venues.

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