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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/07

July 27, 2016

In this issue:

  • Cybersecurity and Higher Education: College and university students, faculty, staff members, and guests access the internet on campus with devices that include laptops, tablets, and smartphones of varying brands and capabilities to learn, share, and collaborate with others. Institutions of higher education (IHEs) work diligently to safeguard personal information and the computer security of their campuses.
  • Preparing for and Responding to Student Activism on Campus: College and university campuses have seen an increase in student activism this year. Due in part to a growing interest in political and community engagement, students have participated in protests and other forms of activism to bring awareness to issues related to racism and racial discrimination, campus employees, foreign policy, and state laws on sexual orientation to list a few.

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July 20, 2016

In this issue:

  • Timely Safety and Awareness Information on Recent Violent Acts: Nationally, there have been two tragic incidents of extreme violent acts in the past two weeks that involved multiple law enforcement officers being attacked and killed in the line of duty. The actions displayed during these tragic incidents underline the continued interest of U.S.-based violent extremism.
  • Political Instability, Violence, and Travel Abroad: Although it is summer, colleges and universities continue to have travel and study abroad programs in session that include undergrad and graduate students, faculty, and staff. International conditions are continually changing and institutions of higher education and those traveling should be aware of resources available to assist in preparing for and staying in a "host" country as well as visiting other nearby destinations.

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July 13, 2016

In this issue:

  • Safety Concerns Emerge as Pokémon Go Explodes in the U.S.: On Tuesday, July 12th, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a statement on safety concerns regarding Pokémon Go. NSC is urging pedestrians to use caution when playing the game and asking drivers to "refrain from playing the game behind the wheel." Reports of pedestrian-auto accidents, robberies, and minor crimes and incidents are coming in as use of the game spreads.
  • Larceny-Theft Prevention and Recovery: Public safety departments can make crime prevention part of their basic philosophy; establish crime prevention programs; make educational programs and materials available; respond to inquiries about public safety's role on campus; and encourage students, faculty, and staff to become actively safety conscious.

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July 6, 2016

In this issue:

  • DHS Announces New Grant Program to Counter Violent Extremism: These grants will help scale community-led initiatives across the country to address the evolving terrorist threat, including international and domestic terrorism. Specifically, funding will support training, community engagements, and activities that challenge violent extremist narratives used to recruit and radicalize individuals to violence.
  • New Clery Handbook Released: The handbook is organized in a manner to assist IHEs in achieving compliance with the Clery Act and other Higher Education Act related safety and security reporting requirements. The Department of Education indicates that the 2016 edition of the handbook replaces the previous versions of the handbook but it does not supplant the Higher Education Act of 1965.

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