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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.


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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September 6, 2017

In this issue:

  • National Preparedness Month: September is an opportune time to review our knowledge about preparedness and learn about actions and plans we can complete in advance of disasters. This year's overarching theme for National Preparedness Month is "Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
  • Suicide Prevention Resources: Each year more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide. In 2015 suicide was the second leading cause of death for those aged 15-24, the age group making up the majority of those enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Suicide and suicidal thoughts and behaviors can affect anyone regardless of demographic characteristics, and the effects of suicide on loved ones can be severe and far-reaching.

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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. The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services report, Ambushes of Police: Environment, Incident Dynamics, and the Aftermath of Surprise Attacks Against Law Enforcement, provides a comprehensive look at the nature of ambush attacks perpetrated against law enforcement officers in the U.S. since 1990.

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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: HSIN is the 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. In general, applicants must be sworn police officers; however, non-sworn campus safety officers who are sponsored by their local municipal police department may be eligible for access to specific communities.
  • 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 (PDF), that 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, HPO 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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July 26, 2017

In this issue:

  • New Resource: Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence released guidance earlier this month to support "advocates seeking to build capacity to recognize and respond to survivors across the gender spectrum, while honoring the gender analysis that helps us understand the root causes of violence and oppression." Historically, domestic violence programs were born from the women's liberation movement to address the needs of female survivors, who to this day, continue to disproportionately be impacted by intimate partner violence. However, it's important to remember that boys and men are also victims.

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July 19, 2017

In this issue:

  • New DEA Website Targeting College Drug Use: Last week, the DEA launched a new website, Campus Drug Prevention, in an effort to support drug abuse prevention programs on college and university campuses and in surrounding communities.
  • Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017: Since early 2017, communities, state emergency management agencies, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education have been working on preparations for the solar eclipse and an anticipated influx of visitors to specific areas that are considered prime viewing locations. Many are planning festivals, observation parties, research opportunities, and other activities to celebrate the occasion.
  • National Institute of Justice Examines Body-Worn Camera Programs and Products: During the last few years, there has been a substantial increase in the use of body-worn cameras (BWCs) by law enforcement agencies, including those on college and university campuses. Many believe BWCs have the potential benefit of increased legitimacy and accountability for both law enforcement and their communities.

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