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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.


June 13, 2018

In this issue:

  • New Exercise Starter Kits for Cybersecurity, Hurricanes, and Active Shooter Scenarios: The Campus Resilience (CR) Program is dedicated to helping colleges, universities, and the K-12 communities build, sustain, and promote resiliency to the threats that confront institutions across the nation. As part of this overall effort, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Academic Engagement recently released three Exercise Starter Kits for the academic community. The CR Program Exercise Starter Kits are a set of tools and resources that will allow institutions of higher education to self-conduct tabletop exercises.
  • Department of Justice Launches Violence Reduction Response Center: On June 5, the U.S. Department of Justice launched the Violence Reduction Response Center (VRRC), a new resource under the Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center. The VRRC serves as a "one-stop shop" to help connect individuals as well as state, local, and tribal justice agencies with violent crime reduction training and technical assistance resources most appropriate for their communities.

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June 6, 2018

In this issue:

  • Incidents of School Violence: Lessons Learned and Discussion From Those Impacted: Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos held an informational meeting with survivors and family members impacted by the mass shootings at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Parkland as well as authors of official reports following incidents of school violence. The meeting consisted of two sets of discussions.
  • DHS Science and Technology Directorate Publishes Resource to Help Counter False Social Media Information: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate established the Virtual Social Media Working Group in 2010, which was renamed the Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (SMWGESDM) in 2015. SMWGESDM published their latest white paper, Countering False Information on Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies, in March 2018.

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May 30, 2018

In this issue:

  • LGBT Pride Month and Misgendering: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is an annual celebration occurring in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots that took place in Manhattan. The riots are seen as the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement. Since that time, LGBT Pride Month and the efforts to achieve equal justice and equal opportunities for LGBT Americans has made historic achievements, though continued work is necessary.
  • National Safety Month - Ensure No One Gets Hurt: June is National Safety Month. Injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 40, but there are many things people can do to stay safe and prevent injuries. Help spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries and encourage faculty, staff, students, and others in your family and campus community to identify and report safety hazards.

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May 23, 2018

In this issue: 

  • Violence Against Women Act Visa and Immigration Resources: The State University of New York (SUNY), in partnership with professionals from across the country, prepared a resource that provides immigration and visa information for victims of sexual and interpersonal violence. SUNY, using expert volunteers and the translation service Language Line, has recently translated this resource into 120 languages and is providing copies at no cost to colleges and universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Who's Hiring in Higher Ed?: The results are in from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2018 Professionals in Higher Education Survey, and two areas, "other education" and "safety," were the fastest growing segments in the industry. The survey collected data on 219,175 professionals in 358 mid-level professional positions from more than 1,100 institutions of higher education.

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May 16, 2018

In this issue:

  • SAMHSA Launches New Resource Center: In April, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of their new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (Resource Center). The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources for nonprofit organizations, clinicians, policymakers, institutions of higher education, and others in the field. 
  • 2018 Leadership Tabletop Exercise Cybersecurity Overview and Resource Guide: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released the Leadership Tabletop Exercise (LTTX) Cybersecurity Overview and Resource Guide and photos from the 2018 LTTX. The guide provides members of the academic community with an overview of the format and structure of the pilot LTTX event as a model for initiating critical conversations with campus leadership on their roles in preparedness for, response to, and recovery from campus emergencies.

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May 9, 2018

In this issue:

  • Intervene: Cornell University's Award-Winning Bystander Program: Intervene is a bystander intervention program that includes a 20-minute online video and a 60-minute in-person workshop. It was developed by the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, a unit within Cornell Health at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble.
  • Save the Date: 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education: On September 24-25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is holding the 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise at the University of Texas at San Antonio Student Union. This event will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise, and an after-action review session on preparing participants to respond to a campus emergency. This year's event will focus on threats of campus disorder during a large event.
  • National Fire Protection Agency Releases New Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Events: On May 1, 2018, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) announced the  NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, the result of a 46-member NFPA Technical Committee on Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response that was convened after the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in 2016.

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May 2, 2018

In this issue:

  • Protect Your Everyday: If You See Something, Say Something: In an effort to strengthen campuses and community security, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Academic Engagement is inviting your institution of higher education (IHE) to become a "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign partner. Since 2016, more than 300 IHEs have partnered with the campaign. 
  • Clery Center and StopHazing Release Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals: The Clery Center and StopHazing Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals® is a data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework based on principles of prevention science and findings from the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC). The HPC includes member universities dedicated to advancing a comprehensive approach and building an evidence base for hazing prevention through a three-year mentoring process with StopHazing's prevention experts.

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April 25, 2018

In this issue:

  • National Police Week 2018: National Police Week begins Sunday, May 13 and runs through Saturday, May 19 this year. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
  • After a Suicide: The suicide of a student can leave a school faced with grieving students, faculty, and staff; distressed parents; media attention; and a community struggling to understand what happened and why. Suicide postvention efforts address the need for predetermined strategies to effectively and sensitively respond to deaths after they occur and allow for schools and campuses to implement a coordinated response. A good postvention plan can also have a positive impact on prevention.

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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 U.S. 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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