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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 17, 2014

In this issue:

  • Coming Up! Hazing Prevention Week: September 22-26, 2014 is National Hazing Prevention Week. HazingPrevention.Org, a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, defines hazing as, "any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate." Campuses can visit the National Hazing Prevention Week website to learn more about hazing prevention programs, download a resource guide, register for webinars and view a variety of resources. For your convenience, additional information and resources on this topic have been compiled and are provided on our website. 
  • The Role of Men In Stemming Sexual Assaults on Campus: For years, the majority of sexual assault programs and prevention strategies have been provided by and targeted toward women. However, as the sexual assault epidemic on campuses has gained national attention over the past 18 months, more research studies and programs, like Men Can Stop Rape, are stressing the importance of men's involvement to help stop sexual assaults.

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September 10, 2014

In this issue:

  • Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Whether you are a campus public safety or law enforcement official, National Preparedness Month is an appropriate time to consider promoting awareness and prevention of extremist or terroristic violence. Provided on our website are pertinent resources, tips and general information regarding extremism and terrorism such as The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's 'Primer to Design Safe School Projects in Case of Terrorist Attacks and School Shootings', which includes a building vulnerability assessment checklist. 
  • Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Training Course Update: The National Center continues to work on the development of this curriculum for those campus officials involved in investigation and adjudication processes. Subject matter experts joined us at our Burlington, VT offices to draft the curriculum and we expect to conduct our first pilot session of the course in early November. Additional courses will be offered in early 2015 and further updates will be provided on the nccpsafety.org website as available.

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September 3, 2014

In this issue:

  • A Case Study of a Prevented School Rampage Attack and Considerations for Directed Assault Prevention: Though there is little information available on prevented targeted violence at schools, the 2013 dissertation, Case Study of a Prevented School Rampage Attack at a Rural-Suburban High School, may assist in informing school leaders about rampage attacks.
  • Walk & Roll - Pedestrian and Bike Safety Around Campuses: Now that many institutions of higher education are back in session for the fall semester, streets and sidewalks have become crowded with bustling pedestrian traffic. Whether you are walking, riding, or driving, it is important to maintain situational awareness and remember that safety is always a shared responsibility.

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August 27, 2014

In this issue:

  • Preparing For National Campus Safety Awareness Month: Did you know that September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM)? To support colleges, universities and other organizations, the Clery Center offers campus safety programming and resources through it's initiative, "Know More, Do More: 30 Days of Professional Development During NCSAM 2014."
  • Did You Know September is Also National Preparedness Month?  The Federal Emergency Management Agency's national campaign, Ready, promotes being informed and taking specific actions to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

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August 20, 2014

In this issue: 

  • Is Your Institution Prepared For A Civil Disturbance? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), civil disturbance is "a civil unrest activity such as a demonstration, riot, or strike that disrupts a community and requires intervention to maintain public safety." Civil disturbances or unrest can cause a variety of subsequent issues such as violence and assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, or larceny.
  • Environmental Strategies for Reducing Alcohol-Related Issues on Campuses: Environmental management strategies are based on the fact that people's behavior is influenced by environmental factors such as messages in the media, community and social norms and attitudes, policies and practices, and the availability of alcohol.

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August 13, 2014

In this issue: 

  • Ebola: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern: The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) outbreak in West Africa constitutes an "extraordinary event" and that "the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern have been met."
  • Suicide Contagion: Identifying Those at Risk and Postvention Strategies for Campuses to Reduce the Risk of Suicide Contagion: Suicide contagion is the process by which exposure to the suicide or suicidal act of one or many individuals may influence others to commit or attempt suicide. A suicide may follow the suicide of a peer, loved one or celebrity such as the highly publicized death of actor Robin Williams.

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August 6, 2014

In this issue: 

  • Proposed Bill: The Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASAct): Last week eight senators, led by Senators Gillibrand and McCaskill, proposed new legislation, referred to as the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The proposed legislation seeks to combat sexual violence on campus through the use of public information and penalties.
  • FREE Online Training in Sexual Assault Investigations: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) has developed the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) to bring state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. OLTI was created by a multidisciplinary team of experts for professionals in law enforcement, prosecution, health care, victim advocacy, and other criminal justice agencies and social services.

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July 30, 2014

In this issue:

  • Free Webinar from The Clery Center: On June 4, 2014, The Clery Center's Executive Director Alison Kiss led a candid conversation about what institutions should and shouldn't do in reaction to the new VAWA amendments, the Clery Act, and the White House's Not Alone task force report. Over 650 individuals from colleges, universities and organizations from across the county found this information invaluable and now this webinar, "Navigating the Crossroads of the Clery Act, VAWA Amendments, and the White House Task Force Report," is available to everyone for free. Download the presentation slides or watch the webinar recording.
  • What is the National Center for Campus Public Safety?: The National Center for Campus Public Safety was chartered by Congress in 2013, with bipartisan support, in the wake of recent school tragedies. We look forward to connecting and working with you all in the near future.

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