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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2018/08

August 29, 2018

In this issue: 

  • National Campus Safety Awareness Month: National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), a national observance that first launched in 2008 with unanimous support from Congress, begins Saturday, September 1. Led by the Clery Center, this year's campaign theme, What's Your Message?, focuses on providing professional development opportunities to assist campus safety officials communicate why they engage in the work they do.
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids: The New Haven Green in Connecticut, a 16-acre park located less than a mile away from Yale University's campus, was the location of 95 drug overdoses two weeks ago - 76 on Wednesday and 19 more on Thursday. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement warning about the significant health risks of contaminated illegal synthetic cannabinoid products and several states have issued alerts and warnings on these products.

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August 22, 2018

In this issue:

  • Campus Fire Safety: Across the nation at institutions of higher education, students have already begun to arrive on campus for the start of this academic year. Established in 2005, and proclaimed annually by several states, September is Campus Fire Safety Month, a time to raise awareness among parents, students, administrators, and legislators about the importance of fire safety. Between 2000 and 2016, 150 college/university-related fire fatalities occurred off-campus: 10 in residence halls, 10 in Greek housing, and 2 in other locations.
  • OVC and IACP Partner to Enhance Response to Victims: The Office for Victims of Crime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police announced a new effort this spring, Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims (ELER). The ELER strategy, which requires no additional staff or funding, addresses the seven critical needs of victims that are safety, support, information, access, continuity, voice, and justice.

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August 15, 2018

In this issue:

  • Disasters Happen, Be Prepared!: Disasters can and will happen anytime and anywhere. The nation is currently experiencing wildfires in the west and the outlook is that they will continue into November. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin peaks for eight weeks beginning in mid-August and continuing through October. The heat we've seen across the nation this summer is setting records in many cities and states. National Preparedness Month (NPM), observed annually in September, is an opportune time for individuals, families, organizations, workplaces, and schools to review, update, and/or create emergency preparedness plans.
  • College Veterinary Response Teams: In any disaster, one often under-reported category of victims are animals. In more recent years, animals have started to receive more coverage as mass casualties due to flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires reach national headlines. Nonprofit organizations, such as The Humane Society of the United States, are typically interviewed but there are other important college- and university-based teams providing on-the-ground veterinarian support that have not had their voices heard. Several of these teams exist across the country at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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August 8, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Resources for Campus Health Centers: Campus health centers are one of several first response locations offered to students who may be survivors of sexual or intimate partner violence (IPV) during their years in college or university. Campus health center staff and providers are in a special position to support survivors and educate all patients about sexual assault and IPV. Further, campus health centers can provide information about healthy relationships and how violence can affect health, wellness, and academic performance while in school.
  • Drunk Driving Prevention and Enforcement: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national enforcement campaign goes into effect across the country from August 15 to September 3, 2018. Labor Day is one of the deadliest times of the year due to drunk driving.

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August 1, 2018

In this issue:

  • AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women: AEquitas has built and continues to develop partnerships with individuals and agencies representing prosecutors, advocates, law enforcement officers, judges, educators, researchers, medical and mental health professionals, forensic scientists, and other allied professionals. AEquitas is currently in the process of scheduling a National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence and a National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence.
  • Spectator Sports Safety and Security: The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. reshaped many facets of life in America, including the approach to security planning and management. Prior to 9/11, sports and special event security planning and management primarily focused on traffic, parking, crowd management, and weather-related incidents. This has changed and the environment and threats surrounding sporting events continues to evolve. As a result, guidance on best practices should address emerging challenges, include new resources, and avoid the development of patterns that could result in a security or safety risk.

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