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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2017/08

August 30, 2017

In this issue:

  • National Campus Safety Awareness Month: September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, a national observance that first launched in 2008 with unanimous support from Congress. Led by the Clery Center, this year's campaign theme, Take the First Step, focuses on providing guidance or "first steps" to addressing many common campus safety issues and how to approach these challenges.
  • Ambush Attacks Against Law Enforcement: The VALOR Program launched their latest Spotlight on Safety: Ambush Attacks Against Law Enforcement: Safety and Prevention Strategies. It offers practical information for law enforcement, including campus police, to protect and defend themselves from ambush-style attacks.

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August 23, 2017

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Issues Campus Carry Report: As a result of expanded state legislation across the nation that permits the carrying of concealed handguns on college and university campuses, many institutions have been required to develop concealed carry policies that meet the mandates of state laws. Based on the complexity of issues, campus public safety officials requested assistance from the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) to help identify promising practices and considerations for policy development and implementation.
  • Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations: Across the nation, and on and off campus, people are gathering to participate in the open expression of differing political, economic, and social ideologies. There are several resources available to college and university officials and administrators to assist in finding the balance between upholding the First Amendment and ensuring public safety and security.
  • Study Abroad Safety Preparation for Students and Staff: Students studying abroad face risks such as terrorism, identity theft, hacking, and assaults. Faculty and staff working in study abroad programs are dedicated to helping students prepare for their new environment.

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August 16, 2017

In this issue:

  • DHS Increases HSIN Access for Campus Public Safety: The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) primary mechanism for sharing sensitive but unclassified information, and will often be the sole vehicle for campus police departments to access DHS intelligence products. Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international and private sector homeland security partners use HSIN to manage operations, analyze data, send alerts and notices, and share the information they need to do their jobs.
  • Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: The U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently issued a report, National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach, which describes a victim-centered response to sexual assault cases and positively impacts sexual assault response and the experiences of victims. 
  • Planning for Students and Staff with Disabilities or AFN: Over the past several years, increased attention has been given to how institutions of higher education plan, train, and provide guidance to populations with disabilities or access and functional needs (AFN) after it was realized that this population needed additional attention in emergency situations. Individuals with an AFN consideration may include those who are blind or have low vision; have cognitive disabilities; are deaf or hard of hearing; have mental or behavioral issues; use service animals; have physical disabilities; have limited English proficiency; or are pregnant.

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August 9, 2017

In this issue:

  • New IACP Resource for Responding to Sexual Violence in LGBTQ+ Communities: The percentage of serious violent crime not reported to police, including rape and sexual assault, is high, with 42% of the victimizations occurring from 2006-2010 in the U.S. not being reported. According to the CDC, individuals who self-identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual have an equal or higher prevalence of experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking as compared to self-identified heterosexuals, with bisexual women being disproportionately impacted.
  • #40Actions Campaign Launches Today: Previously known as #40Answers, HazingPrevention.Org and its partner for the past seven years, Sigma Nu Fraternity, used the campaign to challenge commonly held excuses for hazing. The campaign is designed to engage the Twitter community through daily interactions for each of the 40 days leading up to National Hazing Prevention Week.

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August 2, 2017

In this issue:

  • New Case File Review Guidebook for SARTs Available: Recently, the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI), a special program of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, published a step-by-step guide that leads Sexual Assault Response Team coordinators through the SVJI process of reviewing law enforcement case files. The guidebook is appropriate for agencies involved in sexual assault cases: law enforcement, medical, prosecution, advocacy, and probation. Each will learn specific information about their response that can be further developed or sustained to provide optimum services to victims.

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