The challenges and temptations facing today’s students are much more complex than they were a generation ago. Thus, the strategies and policies for creating a safe and healthy campus environment where students can learn and develop are often elusive. Creating a culture of trust and respect is critical. Specific policies must be transparent to students and parents. While teenage students are often immature and vulnerable to making poor decisions, the school must establish clear expectations for student behavior and consequences that will facilitate student learning and changed behavior.
The key to success is developmental programs that build community, enhance teamwork, develop character, and help individuals gain confidence and self-respect.
Since the unexpected happens, often at the worse possible time, schools must also have carefully developed plans and processes for a wide range of incidents: a missing student, a flu in the residence hall, a suicide attempt, cheating, drugs, etc.