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National Center for Campus Public Safety

Weekly Snapshot

The Weekly Snapshot, our electronic bulletin, features timely resources and information for campus communities, public safety and emergency management officials, law enforcement officers, and others interested in making campuses safer. The bulletin includes reports and studies issued from government agencies, non-profit organizations, and professional associations on topics such as sexual assault, mental health, travel and study abroad safety, community relations, harassment, and emergency preparedness. In addition, the Weekly Snapshot provides information on national monthly observances and campaign organization, legislative updates, federal awareness bulletins, and information on upcoming events and professional training opportunities. Anyone may subscribe to this email communication, along with other NCCPS notifications, by joining our mailing list.

We have compiled our past Weekly Snapshot articles into one easily accessible and searchable location, the Weekly Snapshot Directory. This directory will be updated monthly.


April 18, 2018

In this issue:

  • May is Mental Health Month: Conversations about health often focus on heart, liver, and brain health, or other aspects of our physical wellbeing rather than our whole health. It's important that we see the whole person and make use of the tools and resources that benefit the mind and body together.
  • DHS Office of Academic Engagement Launches Recruitment Listserv: The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement launched the Recruitment Listserv. The new tool will feature monthly updates aimed at students and recent graduates with job and internship opportunities, interview and resume tips, upcoming webinars, and more. 
  • Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2017 Report Published: The National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the 20th in a series of publications entitled, Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017. This report provides data on crime and safety at K-12 schools and institutions of higher education from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and campus safety and security.

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April 11, 2018

In this issue:

  • Criminal Victimization of International Students: Findings From a Critical Issues Forum: The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is pleased to announce the latest report from our series of critical issues forums, Criminal Victimization of International Students: A National Conversation on Effective Prevention Practices. On May 23, 2017, the NCCPS convened a daylong forum at Wichita State University to facilitate thoughtful conversations about preventing criminal victimization of international students attending U.S. institutions of higher education.
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

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April 4, 2018

In this issue:

  • DHS Launches New Campus Resilience Program Resource Library: The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement launched the Campus Resilience Program Resource Library. This free, online repository offers resources to empower practitioners and campus leaders to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from various threats and hazards relevant to the academic community.
  • U.S. Secret Service Releases Report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released a comprehensive study on mass attacks entitled Mass Attacks in Public Spaces - 2017. This report provides an overview of 28 acts of intentional violence that occurred in public or semi-public spaces in 2017 during which significant harm was caused to three or more persons.

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March 28, 2018

In this issue:

  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month: April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as "any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system - anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving."
  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW): April 8-14, 2018: NCVRW creates an opportunity to learn about victimization; the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends, and the communities; and to promote laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime. This year NCVRW will be commemorated April 8-14, 2018 and the theme, Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims, emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services.

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March 21, 2018

In this issue:

  • Furthering Police-Community Relations: Relationships of mutual trust between police agencies and the communities they serve, on and off campus, are critical to maintaining public safety and effective policing. Police officials rely on the cooperation of community members to provide information about crime in their neighborhoods and to work collaboratively to devise solutions. Similarly, community members' willingness to trust the police depends on whether they believe that police actions reflect community values.
  • 2018 Resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has new materials to support your campuses' 2018 campaign.
  • Recognizing the Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder: April is National Autism Awareness Month. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, speech and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviors, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

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March 14, 2018

In this issue:

  • Be Prepared for Hazardous Weather Year-Round: The National Weather Service wants you to be prepared for hazardous weather year-round and they've replaced their national safety awareness weeks with a year-round approach because bad weather can happen anytime - winter, spring, summer, or fall! 
  • LIVERESPECT on Campus: A Call to Men launched LIVERESPECT on Campus, an "on-campus movement for college students who want to promote healthy, respectful manhood and prevent dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, bullying and all forms of violence and discrimination."

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March 7, 2018

In this issue:

  • Carbon Monoxide Safety: According to data published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning was the second most common non-medicinal poisonings death between 1999-2012. CO incidents affect campus communities with reports of illness and deaths happening both on and off campus.
  • Street Harassment: Because street harassment is often dismissed as harmless, it is important to acknowledge it for what it is: a human rights violation and a form of gender violence. Street harassment also often connects with sexual and domestic violence, racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, transphobia, reproductive injustice, Islamophobia, and other forms of oppressions.

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February 28, 2018

In this issue:

  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments: The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students. NCSSLE offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher education, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment. 
  • Emergency Management: Federal Agencies Could Improve Dissemination of Resources to Colleges: Working with 18 colleges and universities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed how some institutions of higher education prepare for emergencies and how federal agencies currently support preparedness efforts. GAO also reviewed federal emergency preparedness resources, agency written responses, applicable federal laws, and federal internal control standards, and interviewed federal officials and representatives from several associations recommended by agency officials.

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February 21, 2018

In this issue:

  • Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care: According to the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), "Vicarious trauma is an occupational challenge for people working and volunteering in the fields of victim services, law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, and other allied professions, due to their continuous exposure to victims of trauma and violence."
  • Managing Donations and Volunteers in Times of Disaster: Planning teams at institutions of higher education, those responsible for developing and revising emergency operations plans (EOPs) for their schools, in collaboration with their community partners, may consider including a donations and volunteer management annex for their EOPs.

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February 14, 2018

In this issue:

  • Averted Acts of School Violence: Your Help is Needed: With support from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Police Foundation initiated the Averted School Violence Near Miss Reporting System for law enforcement officers, school officials, and mental health professionals to share their averted school violence incidents.
  • Valentine's Day Fire Safety Tips: To keep the fires burning, safely, we have compiled a few Valentine's Day cooking fire, heating, and candle safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association.

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