Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/11
November 30, 2016
In this issue:
- National Higher Education Emergency Management Needs Assessment: In 2015, the National Center for Campus Public Safety, in partnership with the Disaster Resilient Universities® Network and the International Association of Emergency Managers-Universities and Colleges Caucus, sponsored a nationwide study to identify emergency management program needs at institutions of higher education.
- U.S. Surgeon General Releases Report on Addiction in America: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General released the first report on the prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance abuse. Based on 2015 data, more than 27 million people in the U.S. reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs, and over 66 million people (nearly one-quarter of the adult and adolescent population) reported binge drinking in the past month.
November 24, 2016
In this issue:
- Intelligence Bulletin on Holiday Celebrations and the Presidential Inauguration: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security recently issued a joint intelligence bulletin to remind law enforcement, military, and security personnel to remain vigilant and aware of upcoming public and private events this holiday season and during the presidential inauguration. If you are currently a law enforcement, campus safety, or emergency management professional with a valid need to know, you may request a copy of the bulletin.
- CDC Releases Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Strategies Publication: On November 21, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Sexual Violence on Campus: Strategies for Prevention (PDF), that includes current best available evidence on sexual violence prevention. It also reflects the CDC's beliefs about preventing sexual violence before it occurs, and creating a shift in culture and climate to achieve this goal.
- New Guidance on UAS and Enhancing Community Trust: Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services and the Police Foundation released new recommendations for law enforcement agencies, including campus police, regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones, for public safety purposes. The recommendations incorporate how to ensure public support and enhance community trust.
November 16, 2016
In this issue:
- DHS Issues New NTAS Bulletin: "Since the last NTAS Bulletin issued in June 2016, our basic assessment of the global threat environment has not changed. We remain concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike the homeland with little or no notice. Events since the last NTAS Bulletin reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance. This was, for example, a crucial component of the swift response to the September terrorist acts in New York City and New Jersey."
- New Resource for Campus Suicide Prevention: Suicide is one of the top four causes of death among people ages 54 and younger and the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last week, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) launched the Virtual Learning Lab: Campus Suicide Prevention, an interactive, online tool that assists colleges and universities with setting goals, planning, and implementing effective suicide prevention programs and trainings.
November 9, 2016
In this issue:
- Hunger and Homelessness on Campus: Hunger, food insecurity, and homelessness are widespread issues across the globe and college and university campuses are not immune.It's vital for public safety departments to develop and maintain successful community relationships and provide homeless students with the services they need. Through these relationships, officials can help homeless students succeed and instill a sense of trust and cohesion.
- Transgender Awareness Week: November 14-20, 2016 is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to help raise the visibility of transgender and non-conforming people, and address the issues and challenges these communities face daily. The week ends on the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance that honors those whose lives have been lost due to anti-transgender violence.
November 2, 2016
In this issue:
- NCAA Releases Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit: With the academic sports year underway, it's important to highlight and utilize a new sexual violence prevention toolkit released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Sport Science Institute in partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion. The NCAA toolkit has been endorsed by many organizations including the Association for Student Conduct Administration; International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators; Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors; It's On US; and many others, for its comprehensive approach that supports athletic departments in their sexual violence prevention efforts.
- Veterans on Campus: Student veterans are growing in number on college campuses. While an increasing number of institutions of higher education are recognizing veterans as a distinct demographic group, with specific needs, many student veterans report feeling slightly less supported or engaged on campus than non-veteran/civilian students according to the 2012 American Council on Education report, Student Veterans/Service Members' Engagement in College and University Life and Education.