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Campus Policing and Security

Action Item: Develop new model of campus policing and security


The Action Item has been fully implemented.

The Action Item has been fully implemented.

Engage the campus community in developing a new model of campus policing and security.


Updates as of July 7, 2021

  • Working since January 2021 to review current policing practices at Clark, explore alternative policing models, and engage the University community in dialogue and assessment of new ideas, the Task Force on Campus Safety and Security completed and presented its report to President David Fithian. The task force made 10 recommendations.

Updates as of June 8, 2021

  • As part of ongoing efforts to re-envision the role of the Clark University Police Department, Chief Lauren Misale has transitioned responsibility for assisting student residents who are locked out of dorm rooms to student employees. Beginning in March, student lock-out assistants have been working every day from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. and will be utilized going forward.

Updates as of Feb. 10, 2021

  • The Task Force on Campus Safety and Security continues to explore other methods of providing campus safety and security — including innovative approaches deployed by other colleges and universities — and whether the traditional model of armed university police officers on regular patrol is best for Clark.

Updates as of Jan. 25, 2021

  • President David Fithian has announced the formation of a Task Force on Campus Safety and Security, which will help channel engagement of the entire University community in assessing Clark’s police practices and overall approach to campus safety and security. The charge of the Task Force includes reviewing current policing practices at Clark; exploring alternative policing models that are responsive to the risks unique to Clark based on our urban location, as well as concerns raised by members of our community, including those representing the Black Student Union; hosting university-wide and smaller group dialogue sessions to gather broad input; and making formal recommendations for changes to the way in which Clark provides and manages campus safety and security going forward.