I actually got the acronym from Bruce Schneider's security blog. It describes how our government employs the CYA policies in responding to terrorist threats only in their aftermath and in ways that will only deter copycats. As in: they use box-cutters, so we ban box-cutters and sharp objects. they try liquids, so we ban liquids, etc. etc. This isn't helpful to the citizens because it just annoys and "terrorizes" us, instead of catching the actual terrorists through good intelligence (and not creating them or a perfect environment for them in the first place)
So this is the email I got today (it was sent out to everyone in the univ.) from.. incidentally, my boss. You'd think kids (young adults?) would be encouraged on a continuous basis by the university and by others to help each other and to care for each other, and be reminded that there are professional staff members in the university who can help with emotional problems, etc. But all we get is CYA. In case something like what happened in VT happens here, our univ. doesn't want to be accused of not doing anything beforehand, no way! We did something, we told students that they should help one another and snitch about anything suspicious! Albeit.. only after what happened in VT, but hey, better late than never, oui? It's surprising that they didn't tell us that if some two people get shot, our brave university police will start the hunt for the shooter immediately and will definitely catch him before the 2-hour deadline!
"Peter Baigent, Vice President for Student Affairs" <email@example.com>
What to do if someone you know needs help
You may be the first person to realize that a friend, or
a roommate, or someone in your class is really upset or
in some kind of serious trouble. Often friends try to
help each other and think they should keep everything
confidential. They don't want to get a friend "in
trouble" by seeking assistance from a university staff
member. At Stony Brook, we want students to look out for
each other, to be aware of the professional help
available on campus, and to trust that there are
university staff members who will help.
If you are concerned about a fellow student, seek the
assistance of a university staff member without delay.
To get help for a student expressing emotional concerns
or behaviors that are out of the ordinary (such as
hopelessness, anxiety, grief, sadness, anger, excessive
crying, lack of response, not interested in getting out
of bed or eating, etc.), contact, as soon as possible,
the University Counseling Center, at 632-6720, or
Residence Hall staff member if you live on campus. If
you believe the situation is urgent, make that clear.
The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located on the second
floor of the Student Health Services, West Campus. For
urgent situations after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, call
University Police at 911 from campus phones, or 632-3333
from a cell phone or from off campus.
IF YOU SEE THAT SOMEONE NEEDS HELP, CALL A UNIVERSITY
STAFF MEMBER OR THE UNIVERSITY POLICE. DON'T HESITATE!