Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2015/12
December 30, 2105
In this issue:
- Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program Launching in 2016: After rigorous curriculum development, pilot program testing, evaluation, and updates, as well as the evaluation and vetting of 26 additional faculty instructors, we are pleased to announce that our Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program will be available to the public beginning in 2016.
- Drones: Information and Resources for Campus Law Enforcement: Drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are increasingly becoming a part of college campus culture. Many institutions are embracing drone technology in research, utilizing camera drones in security and surveillance applications, or offering educational programs on unmanned aerial systems. Additionally, the recreational use of drones has become popular among college and university students, faculty, and staff. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta estimated, "hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season." Being aware of the UAS rules and regulations will assist campus administrators, security, and police in ensuring safe, responsible, and legal operation.
December 23, 2015
In this issue:
- DHS National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS): On December 16, 2015 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Bulletin and supporting Fact Sheet outlining an update to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). The NTAS replaced the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) in 2011 and is the current system DHS utilizes to advise the American public of information pertaining to threats against the homeland.
- Department of Justice Releases New Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias: On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced new guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies in identifying and preventing gender bias in their response to domestic violence and sexual assault.
December 16, 2015
In this issue:
- New Sexual Assault Investigations Training Module Available through EVAWI: The End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) OnLine Training Institute (OLTI), developed with funding awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, has announced a new module, entitled Laboratory Analysis of Biological Evidence and the Role of DNA in Sexual Assault Investigations. The module explores the complex role of DNA in a sexual assault investigation, including the alternative sources of DNA evidence and their potential significance or impact on a sexual assault investigation. The module includes complex case examples and the opportunity to apply what you have learned to specific scenarios.
- Need Campus Public Safety or Emergency Management Resources? Ask us! We strive to improve and expand resources to those charged with providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, teachers and staff at our nation's schools. We also provide comprehensive, centralized resources as well as technical assistance and training specific to campus public safety and emergency management challenges. To date, we have received requests for materials such as model policies, sample MOUs, staffing studies, campus climate surveys, campus carry policies and resources, Title IX and Clery training and resources, and best practices and information on a variety of topics. Please contact us by email or phone, 1-866-817-5817, with your requests for information and resources.
- Study and Travel Abroad Safety: New Resource and Upcoming Webinar: EduRisk, the free resource from United Educators (UE), recently released a new Risk Research Bulletin, Responding to Sexual Assaults in the Study Abroad Setting. Institutions may have response and/or reporting obligations under Title IX and the Clery Act when their students or other campus community members are traveling or studying abroad. However, according to an analysis undertaken by UE of nearly two dozen claims between 2009-13, most colleges do not have appropriate processes in place to address reports of sexual violence in their study abroad programs.
December 9, 2015
In this issue:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Campus Liaison Initiative: Our campus communities are unique environments where people come together to work, live, and learn. Unfortunately, our ability to keep our campus communities safe and secure is becoming far more difficult as the threats we face become increasingly complex. There is no guaranteed solution to our shared challenges, but we are strongest when we leverage our relationships and the resources of our partners at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Regardless of whether a campus has a sworn police or non-sworn security department, all campuses have access to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) primarily though the Campus Liaison Program (CLP).
- Hate Crimes: A hate crime, as defined by Congress, is a "criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation." College and university campus communities are not immune to hate crimes or violence, therefore it is critical to educate campus community members on the devastating impact of these crimes and the need to promote prevention strategies, collaborate with community groups, and provide support to hate crime victims.
December 2, 2015
In this issue:
- New Report on Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings: The U.S. Fire Administration released the report Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015) last month that examines data from fatal campus fires and the fatalities that resulted from these fires between 2000 and 2015. The goal of this report is to reveal the factors that typically lead to fire deaths of college students in residential buildings. Understanding these factors will enable college and university fire and safety officials, along with the local fire and emergency service organizations serving these institutions, to reduce and prevent future injuries and deaths.
- Joint Intelligence Bulletin Released Following Paris Attacks: On November 23, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and National Counterterrorism Center released a Joint Intelligence Bulletin (JIB) that provides a review of the tactics, methods, techniques and procedures used by the terrorists during the November 13 Paris attacks. The JIB is intended to assist federal, state, and local government counterterrorism and law enforcement officials, first responders, and private-sector security partners in proactively discouraging, identifying, preventing, preempting, or responding to terrorist threats or attacks in the United States.