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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.


November 15, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Sexual Assault Training Program for International Students: Earlier this month, International Student Insurance (ISI) partnered with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to announce the release of a free multi-media sexual assault training program designed to educate international students on sexual assault, consent, and bystander intervention.
  • Department of Justice Announces New Tool to Prosecute Opioid Traffickers: The majority of illicit fentanyls enter the U.S. through a shipping system or are imported across the southwest border. On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Drug Enforcement Administration will enforce a new order to help stem the flow of illicit fentanyl analogues into the U.S. due to the disturbing increase in overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids. 

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November 8, 2017

In this issue: 

  • NCS4 Best Practices Report on Vehicle Ramming Incidents: In August, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security ( NCS4 ) issued a brief best practices report, Vehicle Ramming Incidents and Perimeter Protections, following tragic incidents in Charlottesville, VA and Barcelona, Spain. Using vehicles in attacks has become a trend in recent terror attacks because it requires minimal skill, preparation time, or training.
  • Fentanyl and Synthetic Opioid Safety Recommendations for First Responders: The increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids continue to cause devastating effects across the nation. Fentanyl is a drug that alleviates pain without causing loss of consciousness, and exposure to it can be fatal.

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November 1, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Department of Education Cyber Advisory: Earlier this month, the Federal Student Aid office, a part of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), released an alert on a new type of cyber extortion/threat. In the alert, ED outlines ways in which information technology staff can work to ensure their organizations are protected.
  • Campus Safety: Lessons Learned from Richard Spencer's UF Event: The University of Florida (UF) decided to allow Spencer to rent space on campus for an event on October 19, stating, "although UF leadership has denounced Spencer's white supremacist rhetoric, the University, as a state entity, must allow the free expression of all viewpoints." A recent article in Inside Higher Ed highlighted nine lessons learned from the actions taken by UF to prepare for Spencer's event, knowing that he, and other controversial speakers, will continue to approach IHEs for speaking opportunities on their campuses.

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October 25, 2017

In this issue: 

  • New Prescription Opioid Campaign: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched its first prescription opioid prevention campaign, Rx Awareness, to increase recognition of prescription opioid abuse and overdose. Although the campaign defines its target audience as 25-54 year olds, research indicates that those exposed to prescription opioids for reasons other than chronic pain made up the younger cohort of those aged 25-35.
  • Pedestrian and Bike Safety: Campuses are bustling with pedestrians and bicyclists, regardless of weather conditions or time of year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 5,376 pedestrians (up from 4,884 in 2014)  and 818 bicyclists (up from 729 in 2014) were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015.

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October 18, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Red Ribbon Campaign: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will kick off its annual Red Ribbon Campaign on October 23, 2017. Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program and is officially celebrated from October 23-31, with some schools and communities holding events throughout the month.
  • The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security: The University of Southern Mississippi established the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) in 2006. NCS4 developed a partnership with the Texas Engineering Extension Service's  National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, a member of the Texas A&M University System, to create and deliver DHS and FEMA-approved sport security training workshops for emergency responders, senior officials, and medical personnel conducting sporting events.

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October 11, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Bullying and Cyberbullying: October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center. The National Bullying Prevention Month campaign encourages communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on people of all ages.

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October 4, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Cybersecurity is Our Shared Responsibility: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to raise awareness about the importance of individual cyber hygiene and our shared responsibility to promote and practice cybersecurity. 
  • JED Campus: JED Campus, a nationwide initiative launched by The JED Foundation, guides colleges and universities through a collaborative process of comprehensive systems and program and policy development that includes customized support and technical assistance to build upon existing student mental health, substance abuse, and suicide prevention efforts.

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September 27, 2017

In this issue:

  • IAEM-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC): The purpose of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)-USA Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) is to represent emergency management issues surrounding college and university campuses. What began in 2007 with a couple dozen higher education practitioners attending the IAEM conference in Orlando, FL is now an organization with over 200 members.
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed nationally each October. Domestic violence affects men and women of all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, and religions, and happens regardless of sexual orientation.

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September 20, 2017

In this issue:

  • New Tool to Assist Campuses in Selecting Sexual Assault Prevention Programs: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), a well-known anti-sexual violence organization, developed the Prevention Navigator to assist campus administrators and faculty members with making more informed choices when selecting the best sexual assault prevention program for their institution. Launched earlier this month, this free, online tool will help colleges and universities learn more about sexual assault prevention programs in use today and allow students and administrators to anonymously review prevention programs in which they have participated.
  • National Security Officer Appreciation Week: This week, September 17-23, 2017, is the third annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week. This week was created as an opportunity to say thank you to security professionals and recognize their many contributions to our daily lives.

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September 13, 2017

In this issue:

  • Campus Fire Safety Month: Many students in the West and Northwest are currently coping with large wildfires that affect their daily routines. These tragedies serve as an important reminder that September is Campus Fire Safety Month, a nationwide effort that began in 2005 to raise awareness and educate students about campus-related housing fires.
  • ED Calls for Changes to Title IX Enforcement: On September 7, 2017, U.S. Department of Education (ED) Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the Title IX system "established by the prior administration has failed too many students" and that the "current approach isn't working." She further stated that ED and the Office for Civil Rights will launch a "transparent notice-and-comment process to incorporate the insights of all parties in developing a better way."

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