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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.


January 17, 2018

In this issue:

  • NASPA and VTV Partnership for 32 NCSI: NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and VTV-Family Outreach Foundationshare a commitment to creating and sustaining safe and healthy college and university environments that nurture student success. Recently, these two organizations have partnered to advance the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI). 
  • U.S. Department of State Improves Safety and Security Messaging for U.S. Citizens: In December 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) re-designed this website, travel.state.gov, making it more mobile-friendly and easier to navigate, and made other product improvements as well. Travel administrators, risk professionals, individual travelers and others may benefit from familiarizing themselves with this new information to help inform their travel planning and decisions.

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January 10, 2018

In this issue:

HSIN Access for Campus Public Safety: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to sharing timely, relevant, and accurate information with its campus safety and law enforcement partners. To help meet this need, the Office of Partnership and Engagement/Office for State and Local Law Enforcement, with assistance from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, is facilitating requests for Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) membership for interested campus safety/police departments.

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January 3, 2018

In this issue: 

  • Winter Weather Preparedness: With much of the nation experiencing record low temperatures this week and with winter storm watches, advisories, and warnings in place for conditions including extreme cold, freezing rain, sleet, ice, snow, high winds, or a combination of these conditions, it is a good time to review your winter weather plans to ensure you are prepared. Planning and taking actions for before, during, and after a storm can have a positive impact on personal safety and resiliency after a winter storm.
  • Stalking Resources: The most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey states 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the U.S., including those on college and university campuses. For the past 17 years, the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime, has enhanced the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking by offering resources, training, and technical assistance on this topic.

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December 27, 2017

In this issue:

  • Mental Health Framework to Support College Students of Color: The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults, and the Steve Fund, a nonprofit created to support the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, partnered to create the Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMH Framework). The EMH Framework provides 10 actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies for colleges and universities to help assess and strengthen support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
  • National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month: January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery and it occurs when a trafficker exploits an individual with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex or work. 

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December 20, 2017

In this issue:

  • EVAWI Launches Redesigned Start by Believing Website: This month, End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) launched their redesigned, multi-media Start by Believing website. The new homepage allows visitors to choose their path and enter Start by Believing or Seek Then Speak, an avenue for survivors to learn about and access immediate services, reporting options, and resources.
  • Critical Incident Review Report: Last year, the Pulse nightclub shooting attack claimed the lives of 49 individuals and injured 58 more. Released this week, the report on the incident review, RESCUE, RESPONSE, AND RESILIENCE: A critical incident review of the Orlando public safety response to the attack on the Pulse nightclub, details multiple aspects of the attack and response, including leadership, collaboration, tactics, equipment, training, emergency medical care, officer safety, public information, and community relationships.

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December 13, 2017

In this issue:

  • DHS Seeking Partner College or University to Host 2108 NTTX: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking a partner college or university to serve as the host institution for the 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX) anticipated to be held in October 2018.
  • BJS Issues 2016 Crime Victimization Data: The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released its annual report on criminal victimization in 2016. The report includes data on violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) and property crimes (household burglary, motor vehicle theft, and theft). It also includes statistics on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, injury to victims, and weapon use.

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December 6, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Active Shooter Training ResourceOver the past year, the emergency managers of The Boston Consortium for Higher Education collaborated to produce a new active shooter training video that would address the specific needs of higher education. At the beginning of the project, The Boston Consortium members agreed to make the video available for free to any institution of higher education that would be interested in using it for their community.

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is observed each year in December. Unfortunately, impaired driving is a preventable tragedy that claims nearly 29 lives daily according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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November 29, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Raliance Launches Sport + Prevention Center: Earlier this month Raliance, a collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation, announced the launch of the Sport + Prevention Center, a one-stop-shop to support the sport community in ending sexual and domestic violence.
  • FBI Releases 2016 Hate Crime Report: Earlier this month, the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, a compilation of bias-motivated incidents reported throughout the U.S.  The report provides information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes that were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.

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November 22, 2017

In this issue: 

  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Information for Colleges and Universities: Colleges and universities in the U.S. conduct some of the world's most important research in chemistry, medicine, agriculture, and other fields. These institutions frequently possess chemicals of interest (COI), while COI may have benign uses, such as medical research or facility maintenance, they also have the potential to be deliberately diverted, released, or otherwise misused by terrorists.

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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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