Higher Education Opportunity Act


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Mock medical disaster

Much of Messiah College’s crisis management planning and protocols have been guided by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). The HEOA is a broadly encompassing piece of federal legislation that, in addition to including the Clery Act and other requirements, mandates that all colleges and universities must have crisis management and evacuation plans that are reviewed/updated on an annual basis. The HEOA also requires that colleges and universities conduct an emergency preparedness exercise at least once a year.


For the past several years, the Crisis Management Team and the Department of Nursing have staged a mock medical disaster that provided invaluable triage training for senior nursing students and helpful emergency management training for administrators. These mock incidents also met compliance standards required in the Higher Education Opportunity Act.