Weekly Snapshot Archives
November 7, 2018
In this issue:
- New Toolkit Addresses Alcohol's Role in Campus Sexual Assault: Existing research and guidance from organizations stress the importance of consistency between alcohol use/abuse prevention efforts and sexual assault prevention efforts that use individual, relationship, community, and policy-level strategies. However, there is limited guidance for sexual assault prevention specialists on how to do so. To address this gap, the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association released Addressing Alcohol's Role in Campus Sexual Assault: A Toolkit by and for Prevention Specialists.
- Financial Preparedness is Part of Emergency Preparedness: When we discuss emergency preparedness, people most often think about physical safety, particularly after natural disasters or unexpected emergency incidents. However, there is an important aspect of emergency preparedness that is often overlooked, financial preparedness. Helping college students learn financial literacy by using the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit is a way to prepare them for the future.
October 31, 2018
In this issue:
- New NCCPS Forum Report on Preventing Violence in Campus Communities: A group of campus safety leaders, with support from the National Center for Campus Public Safety, gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina in July 2018 to discuss the challenges campus safety departments face and uncover promising practices for addressing them. Today, we are pleased to release the resulting report, The Roles and Strategies of Campus Safety Teams for Preventing Violence in College and University Campus Communities.
- Behavioral Health Resource Kit Available from SAMHSA: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) prepared the Behavioral Health Among College Students Information & Resource Kit for college and university prevention practitioners, health center staff, and administrators. SAMHSA encourages campus administrators and staff to share this document with local community partners who may assist with this important work.
October 24, 2018
In this issue:
- Beyond Awareness: Student-Led Innovation in Campus Mental Health: Concerns about mental health in higher education have grown and gained attention in recent years. Since the 1990s, university and college counseling centers have been experiencing a shift in the needs of students seeking counseling services from developmental and informational needs to psychological problems. In the 2014 National Survey of College Counseling Centers, respondents reported that 52 percent of their clients had severe psychological problems, an increase from 44 percent in 2013.
- Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders: Law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services providers, and other first responders are increasingly likely to encounter fentanyl and other synthetic opioids during the course of their daily activities, such as overdose calls, traffic stops, arrests, and searches. To help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered, a federal interagency working group coordinated by the National Security Council developed the one-age resource, Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders, and a companion training video, Fentanyl: The Real Deal.
- Bias Crime Assessment Tool from the Vera Institute of Justice: This August, with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Vera Institute of Justice published Bias Crime Assessment: A Tool and Guidelines for Law Enforcement and Concerned Communities. The Bias Crime Assessment Tool (BCAT) was designed to improve the reporting of hate incidents and crimes and is intended to be used in a wide variety of settings including schools/campuses, law enforcement, victim advocacy, community/civil rights advocacy, health care, or other social service agencies that may be responsible for identifying and responding to victims of hate.
October 17, 2018
In this issue:
- Promote a Drug Free and Healthy Lifestyle with the Red Ribbon Campaign: A national leader in drug prevention, education, and advocacy, the National Family Partnership sponsors the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign®. The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week®, October 23 - 31 each year. Red Ribbon Week is an ideal way for individuals and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.
- NOVA Campus Advocacy Training: The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is now enrolling for their Winter 2019 NOVA Campus Advocacy Training. Offered in partnership with the Campus Advocacy & Prevention Professionals Association, this 24-hour, live, distance learning academy focuses on building participants' knowledge and skills to respond to sexual assault, stalking, and interpersonal violence in higher education. You must be a campus-based advocate or community-based advocate providing services on a college campus to apply.
- Crime Prevention Month: For 30 years, the National Crime Prevention Council has spread awareness and education messages during Crime Prevention Month ranging from personal and home safety to community preparedness and identity theft. This year's theme is Keeping Our Communities Safe, with a focus on safe firearms practices.
October 10, 2018
In this issue:
- PERF Releases New Guidebook for Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault: This summer, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) published the Executive Guidebook: Practical Approaches for Strengthening Law Enforcement's Response to Sexual Assault. The Executive Guidebook is the product of six years of work resulting from a 2012 cooperative agreement awarded to PERF and the Women's Law Project of Philadelphia by the Office on Violence Against Women Technical Assistance Program to help law enforcement agencies improve their handling of sexual assault cases through the development of internal guidelines and quality assurance mechanisms.
- Invisible Disabilities Week: You may be asking, what is an invisible disability? In simple terms, an invisible disability is a physical, mental or neurological condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities that is invisible to the onlooker. Unfortunately, the fact that a person's symptoms are invisible often leads to misunderstandings, false perceptions, and judgments. Also, an invisible disability does not mean a person is disabled. Many living with these challenges are still fully active in their work, families, sports, or hobbies.
October 3, 2018
In this issue:
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a national annual observance, evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic violence affects individuals of all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions, and happens regardless of sexual orientation. This violence occurs in both dating relationships and marriages, and occurs on and off college and university campuses.
- Mental Illness Awareness Week: Attitudes that view symptoms of mental health issues as threatening and uncomfortable frequently foster stigma and discrimination towards people affected by these issues. People brave enough to admit they have a mental health problem often face forms of exclusion, discrimination, and bullying. Mental health stigma can be divided into two types: social stigma and perceived stigma or self-stigma. This Mental Illness Awareness Week, join the National Alliance on Mental Illness in educating the public, fighting stigma, and providing support.
September 26, 2018
In this issue:
- One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story: In 1998, Michael Minger was a 19-year-old sophomore at Murray State University pursuing degrees in broadcast journalism and music/vocal performance. Michael was killed in a residence hall fire on the morning of September 18, 1998. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Michael's death and, in his honor, the award-wining documentary, One Mother's Fire: The Gail Minger Story, has been released to the public.
- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Technology is a part of our daily lives to varying degrees, and the internet impacts our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity, and the nation's security. Launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2004, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.
September 19, 2018
In this issue:
- NCCPS Launches New Virtual Professional Development Initiative: We are excited to announce our new Virtual Professional Development (VPD) initiative, which provides flexibility in advancing practitioner knowledge about specific topic areas. Programs offered through our VPD initiative are self-paced to allow individuals to make the best use of their time in order to meet their learning objectives. The first offering is our Physical Security Education Program, a five-module interactive course, designed in conjunction with subject-matter expert Dan Pascale, CPP, Managing Director of Margolis Healy.
- National Hazing Prevention Week: New 2017 data from YouGov found that one in five Americans experienced hazing during high school and that 35% of Americans still think hazing has its place as a rite of passage. When asked if they had experienced hazing personally or witnessed someone else being hazed at a college/university, 11% of respondents aged 18-34, 7% of respondents aged 35-54, and 9% of respondents aged 55+ replied "yes." With National Hazing Prevention Week approaching, campuses, schools, communities, organizations, and individuals can come together to talk about hazing in their communities, raise awareness about the problem of hazing, educate others about hazing, and promote the prevention of hazing.
September 12, 2018
In this issue:
- New NCCPS Forum Report: Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at HBCUs: From the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s to today's Black Lives Matter movement, students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been at the vanguard of social reforms that change America. This powerful and enduring legacy was on the minds of the HBCU participants attending a national forum, and it prompted the following question: Are protests and demonstrations at HBCUs fundamentally different from predominantly white institutions?
- National Security Officer Appreciation Week: This year, the fourth annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week falls the week of September 16-22, 2018. This week honors the incredible efforts of our nation's security officers to create safer and more secure environments. Security officers are hard-working, highly-trained individuals who are part of our country's network of first responders. These people deter crime, lead evacuations, provide information, work closely with local law enforcement, and are vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe in our workplaces, schools and institutions of higher education, and local communities.
- National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and this year marks the 12th annual observance of month since its creation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children, and even college-aged students, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both individuals who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
September 5, 2018
In this issue:
- Changing the Conversation from Suicide to Suicide Prevention: In 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death or those aged 10 - 34 in the U.S. and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background and, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. You and members of your campus community can #BeThe1To ask, keep people safe, be there, help them stay connected, follow up, and learn more.
- Now Available: 2018 Safety and Security Best Practices Guides: The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) has released four updated safety and security best practices guides for purchase via their secure digital platform partner, Mimeo. The guides are a result of summits with representatives from event management, facilities operations, law enforcement, emergency management, fire, emergency medical services, technology firms, and public safety agencies where discussions took place on current safety and security issues, identifying solutions, and proposing future best practices through professional collaboration.