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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/08

August 31, 2016

In this issue:

  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Suicide is a leading cause of death among college and university students in the U.S. Anxiety and depression, two high risk factors for suicide, are the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the latest data included in Penn State's Center for Collegiate Mental Health 2015 Annual Report.
  • New Transgender Awareness Training Video for Law Enforcement: Every day, campus safety and law enforcement officers work to strengthen collaborative partnerships with diverse communities, including members of the transgender community. "Transgender Americans, like all Americans, deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect by law enforcement officers," said CRS Acting Director Paul Monteiro.
  • National Campus Safety Awareness Month: September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). The Clery Center for Security On Campus has launched a website dedicated to NCSAM and this year's campaign theme, "Moving Forward Together," to provide professional development resources and opportunities that can help practitioners move forward on their own campuses. 

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August 24, 2016

In this issue:

  • September is National Preparedness Month: While we cannot normally control how, when, or where disasters occur, we are able to plan and prepare our campuses and ourselves before they do. September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to recognize the importance of preparedness, take action, and work together to enhance our resilience and readiness.
     
  • Policing Off-Campus Communities at Institutions of Higher Education: Last year, 18 campus public safety executives from 13 IHEs gathered to identify best practices in sharing campus law enforcement responsibilities with local partners and establishing and maintaining positive, supportive, and effective relationships with off-campus communities. 
     
  • September is Campus Fire Safety Month: Campus Fire Safety Month is a nationwide effort that began in 2005 to raise awareness and educate students about campus-related housing fires. August and September are typically the most dangerous times for campus fires as many students have not received any fire safety education since elementary school.

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August 17, 2016

In this issue:

  • Changes to the Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS): U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched the Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS) in 2015 to alert state and local law enforcement agencies when an undocumented immigrant with a conviction for certain violent crimes is released from ICE custody and cannot currently be repatriated to their home country. ICE has made changes to LENS that include allowing any state or local law enforcement agency to subscribe and receive LENS notifications directly.
  • Survey of Early Intervention Systems: Campus safety and law enforcement officers with performance and behavior issues, oftentimes resulting in complaints, can damage the reputation of their organization and the profession. An Early Intervention System (EIS), formerly known as an early warning system, is a data-based management tool designed to identify officers who exhibit problematic behavior or who are likely to engage in potentially damaging behavior. The National Institute of Justice's National Criminal Justice Technology Research, Test and Evaluation Center is conducting an examination of law enforcement EIS's.

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August 10, 2016

In this issue:

  • The Rise of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Higher Education: Troubling new data shows that the number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses nearly doubled between 2014 and 2015, rising to 90 incidents on 60 campuses from 47 incidents on 43 campuses. 
     
  • The Use of Environmental Intervention in Limiting Excessive Alcohol Use: Colleges and universities across the country are preparing for their campuses to once again bustle with students. Every year, this excitement is accompanied by the return of challenges associated with excessive alcohol use. While there are various strategies that institutions of higher education have utilized for decades, additional research now indicates how environmental intervention can be effective in limiting excessive alcohol use.

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August 3, 2016

In this issue:

  • Updated Weekly Snapshot Directory: Each week, we disseminate the Weekly Snapshot publication you're reading now that features pertinent campus safety, law enforcement, and emergency management information and resources on a variety of topics. Links to our previously distributed Weekly Snapshot articles have been compiled into one document, the Weekly Snapshot Directory, that is arranged by date and includes article titles, links, and summaries.
  • CDC Issues U.S. Zika Travel Warning: On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the first Zika travel warning in the U.S. A neighborhood in Miami, Wynwood, has been identified as an area where mosquitos are spreading Zika with 10 new cases identified, bringing the total to 14.

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