Colloquium: "Security Measures in American Schools: Are Schools Safer?"

Security Measures in American Schools: Are Schools Safer?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
262 Capen Hall, UB North Campus (map | directions)
Buffalo, NY

ServossTimothy Servoss, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology
Canisius College
FinnJeremy Finn, Ph.D.
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo

Security measures are often implemented in schools as a knee-jerk reaction to distant, high-profile instances of violence rather than misbehavior and crime in local settings. But the data show that high levels of security, and some particular security measures, do not always have positive consequences for students.

This presentation is based on an analysis of statewide and national data regarding security measures in American public schools.

The presenters will pose and answer four questions from their research:

  1. What is the prevalence of specific security measures in American schools?
  2. What kinds of schools have the highest security levels in total, and what schools implement particular security measures (e.g., security cameras, drug surveillance, metal detectors)?
  3. Is the overall security level of a school related to feelings of safety in school, the extent of bullying in school, to student victimization, and to the degree of misbehavior and crime in the school?
  4. Are there unintended consequences of school security, in particular increased student suspensions and arrests?
November 18, 2015

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