After Death, A Push For College Safety Reform

Joel and Nanette Hausman have lived in Westport for 30 years. Their 3 sons — Lucas, Casey and Corey — were excellent athletes at Staples High School. All worked during that time too, flipping burgers and filling gas tanks.

In September of 2018, Corey died in a skateboarding accident at the University of Colorado. He had begun his freshman year just 15 days earlier.

Corey Hausman (center) with Lucas (left) and Casey (right): “The Brothers.”

After his death, his family created College911.net. The organization has 2 goals: reform college safety, and educate students and parents about emergency medical procedures.

The Hausmans did not know they could have taken steps that could have saved them from the tragedy. They want others to be ready, when their children move away from home.

“This initiative will lead to more informed student decisions, and help families be better prepared as medical emergencies arise,” they says.

They believe that transparency will enable public health agencies to use evidence-based data to support accident prevention recommendations.

In addition, colleges will be incentivized to increase investment in infrastructure and safety programs, and establish emergency protocols to include access to the best possible student emergency medical care.

In the legislative realm, College911 has launched a petition to:

  • Require colleges to publicly report all serious accidents (911 calls) and student deaths on or near campuses (while protecting student and family privacy)
  • Adopt protocols to ensure students have access to the best possible emergency care (Trauma Level 1), and
  • Require college websites to post the college-associated and other relevant health facilities (name, website/link) that provide emergency medical services to students in response to 911 calls, and (b) if this facility is not a Trauma-1, post the location of nearest Trauma-1 facility.

A proposed bill is moving through the Connecticut Legislature. It has bipartisan support, including from area lawmakers.

In addition, College911 created a Medical Emergency Checklist. It includes information for students on what they need to know once they turn 18 about their medical care (such as what information to always carry, and how to set up a smartphone health app), and for parents on what to consider before getting a call that their son or daughter needs emergency care.

Click here for the checklist. Click here for more information. To learn more or to help, email info@College911.net.

5 responses to “After Death, A Push For College Safety Reform

  1. Robert Harrington

    What a wonderful thing to do and a real legacy for Corey. The Hausmans are a great family. So pleased to see this making its way through the CT legislature.

  2. Nanette needs our help! Please sign her petition. Click on website. College911.net

  3. Our children deserve the same Level 1 Trauma Care Tiger Woods just received when we aren’t present to advocate for them. Start asking the colleges, who cares for my child in a medical emergency? Accidents do happen, a lot. Dig in, research the hospital where your child is take and focus on trauma care expertise.

    Thank You for your support today by signing the “Reform Campus Safety Petition” (https://www.change.org/College911ReformCampusSafety/) which is right on the homepage of the College911.net website. Please share with others too! NOTE: This is not a fundraiser for College911. Please hold any contributions for now. They may be needed down the line. Volunteers are needed in various capacities, research, State and Fed lobby efforts, social media communication, etc.

    Contact nanette@college911.net if you have time to step up to help in a big way!

  4. The Medical Emergency Checklist is a great idea because once children turn 18, they are considered adults and parents may not be able to help them with medical (body and/or mind) issues due to HIPAA regulations. Medical/health “literacy” is just as important as other areas, like finances, which already receive attention.

  5. Cindy Zuckerbrod

    Please help Nanette and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/College911ReformCampusSafety/
    Then let’s get this bill passed!!!

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