Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2014/09
September 24, 2014
In this issue:
- Legal Issues Conference in Burlington, VT, October 13-15, 2014: On October 13-15, 2014, the 24th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference will be held at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont. The conference "provides a comprehensive picture of the diverse legal issues shaping all aspects of higher education." Presenters will "help you acquire practical, hands-on methods to implement best practices, policies, programs and ideas."
- White House Announces "It's On Us" Campaign: On Friday, President Obama and Vice President Biden unveiled a new public awareness campaign, "It's On Us," aimed at engaging all members of campus community members, but particularly men, in the efforts to stop sexual assaults on campuses nationwide. President Obama stated, "The idea is to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault. So we're inviting colleges and universities to join us in saying, we are not tolerating this anymore -- not on our campuses, not in our community, not in this country."
September 17, 2014
In this issue:
- Coming Up! Hazing Prevention Week: September 22-26, 2014 is National Hazing Prevention Week. HazingPrevention.Org, a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, defines hazing as, "any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate." Campuses can visit the National Hazing Prevention Week website to learn more about hazing prevention programs, download a resource guide, register for webinars and view a variety of resources. For your convenience, additional information and resources on this topic have been compiled and are provided on our website.
- The Role of Men In Stemming Sexual Assaults on Campus: For years, the majority of sexual assault programs and prevention strategies have been provided by and targeted toward women. However, as the sexual assault epidemic on campuses has gained national attention over the past 18 months, more research studies and programs, like Men Can Stop Rape, are stressing the importance of men's involvement to help stop sexual assaults...
September 10, 2014
In this issue:
- Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Whether you are a campus public safety or law enforcement official, National Preparedness Month is an appropriate time to consider promoting awareness and prevention of extremist or terroristic violence. Provided on our website are pertinent resources, tips and general information regarding extremism and terrorism such as The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's 'Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings', which includes a building vulnerability assessment checklist.
- Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Training Course Update: The National Center continues to work on the development of this curriculum for those campus officials involved in investigation and adjudication processes. Subject matter experts joined us at our Burlington, VT offices to draft the curriculum and we expect to conduct our first pilot session of the course in early November. Additional courses will be offered in early 2015 and further updates will be provided on the nccpsafety.org website as available.
September 3, 2014
In this issue:
- A Case Study of a Prevented School Rampage Attack and Considerations for Directed Assault Prevention: Though there is little information available on prevented targeted violence at schools, the 2013 dissertation, Case Study of a Prevented School Rampage Attack at a Rural-Suburban High School, may assist in informing school leaders about rampage attacks. The dissertation, authored by Dr. Nicholas Morell, the dean of students at a public high school in Pennsylvania and a school safety researcher, describes a prevented school rampage attack at a rural-suburban high school and provides conclusions and recommendations that school officials can consider when reviewing individual school safety plans...
- Walk & Roll - Pedestrian and Bike Safety Around Campuses: Now that many institutions of higher education are back in session for the fall semester, streets and sidewalks have become crowded with bustling pedestrian traffic. Whether you are walking, riding, or driving, it is important to maintain situational awareness and remember that safety is always a shared responsibility.