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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot

The Weekly Snapshot, our electronic bulletin, features timely resources and information for campus communities, public safety and emergency management officials, law enforcement officers, and others interested in making campuses safer. The bulletin includes reports and studies issued from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional associations on topics such as sexual assault, mental health, travel and study abroad safety, community relations, harassment, and emergency preparedness. In addition, the Weekly Snapshot provides information on national monthly observances and campaign organization, legislative updates, federal awareness bulletins, and information on upcoming events and professional training opportunities. Anyone may subscribe to this email communication, along with other NCCPS notifications, by joining our mailing list.

We have compiled our past Weekly Snapshot articles into one easily accessible and searchable location, the Weekly Snapshot Directory. This directory will be updated monthly.


April 17, 2019

In this issue:

  • Social Norms in Alcohol Abuse Prevention: Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by Facing Addiction with NCADD designed to increase outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. As Alcohol Awareness Month continues, one focus on college campuses is prevention. One prevention mechanism that has shown great efficacy is the social norms approach.
  • Law Enforcement Standards and Training: Training opportunities for law enforcement personnel and campus safety officers are varied and offered from a variety of federal and state agencies, for-profit and nonprofit entities, and professional associations across the country. The mission of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) is to research, develop, and share information, ideas, and innovations that assist states in establishing effective and defensible standards for employment and training of law enforcement officers, and, in those states where dual responsibility exists, correctional personnel.

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April 10, 2019

In this issue:

  • National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide and Additional Resources: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released National Recommendations for Depicting Suicide in collaboration with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Entertainment Industries Council. The recommendations, which were informed by both representatives from the entertainment industry and the suicide prevention field, aim to help members of the entertainment industry - content creators, scriptwriters, producers - tell more balanced and authentic stories involving suicide and suicide prevention.
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow" is the theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Month, a national grassroots effort observed each April by campuses and communities to support prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. The 2019 theme is designed to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcohol addiction and to highlight the reality that help is available and recovery is possible.

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April 3, 2019

In this issue:

  • Global Opioid Detection Challenge: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, the research and development arm of DHS that focuses on providing the tools, technologies, and knowledge products to bridge industry and end-user communities, announced The Opioid Detection Challenge last month. The Challenge is part of a comprehensive government effort to address the opioid crisis, specifically illicit opioids entering the U.S. via international mail, and your campus is encouraged to submit ideas for a solution.
  • April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Every day, at least nine Americans die and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Texting isn't the only culprit - distracted driving can also include eating, talking to passengers, playing with the stereo, or even toying with entertainment or navigation systems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is "any activity that diverts attention from driving."

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March 27, 2019

In this issue:

  • SEVP Resources and Partnerships Promote Campus Public Safety: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is a program housed within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations that provides approval and oversight to schools certified to enroll nonimmigrant students. It also provides guidance to both schools and students to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Autism Awareness and Implications for Campus Public Safety Officers: April is World Autism Month, a time for people and organizations from around the world to come together to increase global understanding and acceptance of people with autism. In addition, April 2 is the 12th annual World Autism Awareness Day when people, landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world wear or display light blue in recognition of people living with autism.

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March 20, 2019

In this issue:

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: In the United States, April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. One in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 7-13, 2019: National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is an opportunity for colleges and universities to inform students, faculty, and staff about the victimization experience and how it hurts people and communities, as well as promote laws, policies, and programs that help crime victims. This year, NCVRW is April 7-13 and the theme is "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future."

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March 13, 2019

In this issue:

  • Defining the Value of Campus Emergency Management Programs to Communities: We are happy to share with you our most recent emerging issues forum report, Defining the Value of Campus Emergency Management Programs to Communities. At its most fundamental level, emergency management is a managerial function responsible for creating a framework that helps communities reduce their vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters so that those communities are safer and more resilient.
  • Campus Hunger in the U.S.: In December 2018, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released the report, Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits, a review of 31 U.S. studies published since 2007 that contain original, direct estimates of food insecurity rates among college students.

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March 6, 2019

In this issue:

  • Electric Bikes and Scooters on Campus: In less than 18 months, electric bikes and scooters have taken towns, cities, and campus communities by surprise. They appeal to a variety of people who are concerned with pollution from cars and fossil fuels, costs associated with owning a car, and limited parking. E-scooters can end up scattered all over campus once riders are finished, unless there is a well thought out plan in place to address this concern.
  • Preparing for Minors on Campus: As engaged members of their communities, colleges and universities often host programs and events for the general public, including minors. In addition to minors visiting campus with family or friends, activities such as camps, summer classes, childcare, and tutoring programs bring minors to campuses, many of whom will be unaccompanied by their own parents or guardians. Some will even arrive as first-year college students.

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February 27, 2019

In this issue: 

  • Connections Selector: A New Tool From the CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the launch of its new Connections Selector, an addition to the Connecting the Dots website that supports those working in violence prevention to think strategically and creatively about preventing violence and to coordinate and integrate responses to violence in a way that considers the individual's home environment, neighborhood, and larger community.
  • NO MORE Week: Data collected between 2010-2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in the U.S., about 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experienced some form of contact sexual violence during their lifetime. Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are public health problems that affect the physical and mental health of victims. NO MORE Week, March 3 - 9, 2019, is an opportunity to become knowledgeable about and speak out on these issues in order to play an important part in creating a culture of safety, equality, and respect on our campuses and in our communities.

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February 20, 2019

In this issue:

  • Become a StormReady University or College: Weather can wreak havoc on campus communities, operations, and events, and it happens often. According to the National Weather Service, Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. One way colleges and universities can prepare for and mitigate weather-related hazards is by participating in the National Weather Service's StormReady® program, which is part of a national effort to build resiliency against extreme weather and water events.
  • Global Information Sharing Toolkit: The Global Information Sharing Toolkit (GIST) was developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance's Global Standards Council as part of its overall mission to coordinate the broad-scale electronic sharing of pertinent justice and public safety-related information by coordinating the establishment of a common, consistent, and standards-based approach to implementing justice information sharing solutions. GIST allows visitors to search for general areas of interest, look for a specific publication, or create their own individualized toolkit.

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February 13, 2019

In this issue:

  • U.S. National Counterterrorism Center and the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team: The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) was founded after the September 11th terrorist attacks through the passing of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The NCTC leads and integrates the national counterterrorism effort and also houses the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), the mission of which is to improve information sharing and enhance public safety. JCAT produces a number of resources for public safety personnel, including campus safety personnel, emergency management officials, or campus first responders.
  • Strategic Communication Planning for Suicide Prevention: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released a new video series on strategic communication planning for suicide prevention. Strategic planning is key to developing effective communication materials for suicide prevention. Adapted from SPRC's Strategic Communication Workshop Series, the videos include free, downloadable worksheets to help you put these skills into practice in your community and on your campus. This series is available on YouTube and includes five-to-six-minute webinar clips.

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