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University reviews security procedures

The Virginia Tech shootings will likely remain in people’s memories for a long time, and have prompted review of security and communication systems across the SUNY system.

At Binghamton, teams have been meeting to discuss procedures on campus.

“What we’ve found is that we already have solid security procedures in place, but we can always improve,” said David Hubeny, special services coordinator. “As a result, we’ve come up with short-, medium- and long-range recommendations to supplement our current systems.”

Those recommendations build on what SUNY Chancellor John Ryan has asked all campuses to review. Hubeny and Deputy Police Chief Timothy Faughnan are serving on the Critical Incident Task Force that Ryan has established to look at areas of mental health counseling and risk assessment, critical incident management, including crisis-related decision making, emergency communications, shelter-in-place protocols and training, and to identify best practices in the state and nation in these areas.

The three areas of immediate concern to be addressed are mental health resources, communication strategies and emergency response and critical incident management.
“The best approach to emergency communication is to have multiple and overlapping types of communication systems,” Hubeny said.

Currently the University places a priority on Web and phone communications and will consider other vehicles in the medium- and long-range plans.

One immediate change that the campus will see is that all information on emergency situations of any kind will be directed to University Police. The Office of Communications and Marketing will then use all available communications vehicles to inform the campus and community of updates.

Snowline to grow in scope
When a weather-related emergency occurs, most of the campus knows to call the Snowline (777-7669) for information on cancellations. Snowline will continue to serve that purpose, and much more, becoming the number to dial for updates on any situation such as a power failure,  a natural disaster that affects the campus or other emergency. In the future, messages will also be time-pegged so callers will know how recent the recorded information is. When confirmed, a new name for Snowline that reflects its new scope will be distributed and announced on the University’s home page at


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Last Updated: 10/14/08