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 2016 Community College Safety Planning and Leadership 

AACC recognizes the importance of creating a safe campus environment that is free from danger, injury or risk.  Although this is the ultimate goal, critical events may happen on campus, and colleges must understand how to operate before, during, and after the event.  Colleges can take steps to develop the leadership, infrastructure, and training needed to ensure a high level of safety of the institution and the surrounding communities. Further, they can serve as models and help provide workers to assist with community preparedness and response. To that end, the association has created the Award of Excellence in College Safety Planning and Leadership to recognize exemplary practices and innovation in campus safety and emergency response strategies, programs, and procedures. 

Criteria used to evaluate applications are as follow

  • College leadership has demonstrated commitment to developing safety training programs and developing leaders capable of handling safety issues.
  • College has a plan for addressing safety issues as part of its ongoing programs and operations.
  • College has integrated and regularly evaluates appropriate and safe use of equipment and materials in operations and programs to ensure that faculty and students operate in a safe environment.
  • College provides information to students and faculty related to safety and response importance and plans.
  • College has incorporated safety-related training and associated industry-recognized credentials related to safety, preparedness, and response occupations into college operations and program delivery.
  • College has instituted specific programs and services to increase employee safety awareness and response.


  • Colleges led by current members of the AACC Board of Directors are not eligible to apply.
  • The college that received the award in 2015 is not eligible to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications has closed. 

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