ACCT to Convene Special Summit on Campus Security

Campus security is a top priority for all colleges, and college boards and presidents are charged with the great responsibility of safeguarding the entire campus community. Today's colleges have to be ready to react at a moment's notice to any suspected or active security risk, and this can only be done by putting proper policies and action plans into place and regularly reviewing and rehearsing necessary steps so that they will become second nature.
During the 2016 Community College National Legislative Summit, ACCT convened a presentation on campus security in conjunction with the Oregon Community Colleges in response to the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College last fall. Following the session, we heard great demand for a larger and more intensive event to inform college leaders about disaster preparedness, campus security, and maintaining stability in the aftermath of an unforeseen catastrophic event.
This June 13-14, ACCT will host a day-and-a-half long Summit on Safeguarding College Campuses: Becoming a Disaster-Resilient College in Portland, Oregon. The Summit, hosted with the Oregon Community College Association with support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will walk community college trustees, presidents and other relevant leaders through preparedness training, what to do in the midst of an unexpected on-campus emergency, and how to regain and maintain operational stability following a tragic event. 
Summit leaders will:
  • Provide guidance and and institutional readiness plans for natural and manmade disasters;
  • Explain the value of state and regional coordination;
  • Discuss the distinct roles of the board and college leadership teams, state college associations, neighboring colleges and universities, and local emergency responders; 
  • Facilitate roundtable discussions for these groups on becoming flexible and adaptable in the midst of a crisis; and
  • Simulate disaster scenarios and rehearse appropriate responses.

In addition, representatives from FEMA, Green River Community College, and Umpqua Community College will engage in discussion about what college leaders need to know about trauma, followed by breakout sessions that include:

  • Investing in and assessing your community relationships;
  • Threat assessment of your college; and
  • Crisis media communication.

Participants will leave the event with a greater understanding of threats facing community colleges today and what to do about them, as well as comprehensive crisis preparedness resources and an opportunity for review of their college's institutional readiness plan. 



Because of the urgency of the event, the first 50 colleges that register will receive one complimentary registration. This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To receive the complimentary registration code or to inquire about the event, constact Christina Simons at


ACCT Member Fee - Individual


ACCT Member Fee - Team (Up to 5 people from College)


Non-ACCT Member Fee - Individual


Non-ACCT Member Fee - Team (Up to 5 people from College)