ATU Recognized for Commitment to Campus Safety

CPN Seal of Prevention 2023

Arkansas Tech University has earned national recognition for its efforts to promote student safety, well-being and inclusion for the fourth consecutive year.

The Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Seal of Prevention is provided to select institutions that have utilized comprehensive, evidence-based digital prevention education on issues such as sexual assault, alcohol misuse, mental health and discrimination with a goal of creating a safer, more inclusive learning and working environment.

Only three public universities in Arkansas earned the 2023 CPN Seal of Prevention. ATU also earned the distinction in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Arkansas Tech is one of just 153 universities and colleges in the nation to be a four-time CPN Seal of Prevention recipient.

“Our consistent achievement of CPN Seal of Prevention status is a credit to the culture of caring that Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff protect and enhance on a daily basis,” said Dr. Keegan Nichols, ATU vice president for student affairs. “Every time we make the choice to treat each other with respect and to offer a helping hand to someone in need, we contribute to that culture and to this award. I offer a special word of appreciation to Amy Pennington, ATU associate vice president for student affairs, dean of students and Title IX coordinator, for her leadership in the university-wide educational programs that are a significant aspect of earning this distinction.”

Created and administered by Vector Solutions, the CPN Seal of Prevention establishes guidelines for discerning quality online prevention education and implementation practices. The program holds true that prevention is central to key institutional outcomes, including recruitment, student success, retention and advancement.

ATU’s student safety, well-being and inclusion initiatives are included as part of its Jerry Cares program.

Created by the ATU Division of Student Affairs in fall 2014 to facilitate a safe and welcoming learning and working environment for members of the university community, Jerry Cares programming throughout the academic year and on the Jerry Cares website includes information about alcohol and drug abuse prevention, sexual violence prevention, suicide prevention and hazing prevention.

The program is named for Jerry the Bulldog, campus ambassador at ATU.

Learn more about Jerry Cares at