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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.


July 01, 2015

In this issue:

  • Drones: Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, have increased in popularity among people of all ages, including college and university students, faculty, and staff for various recreational, research and business-related purposes. They are easily accessible and offered in several different shapes and sizes, from hand-held to life-sized. Drones have onboard computer and electronic control systems that range from simple to highly sophisticated, and include capabilities such as GPS navigation and high-quality video recording. 
  • Model Policy Materials on Evidence Retention, Disposition, and/or Removal: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) has created a resource of model policy materials to provide municipal and college and university campus law enforcement guidance when developing policies and procedures for the retention, disposition, and/or removal of evidence. Recognizing that law enforcement agencies face unique challenges handling evidence in sexual assault cases, this document was created to ensure that evidence and property is properly stored and disposed of in a timely and lawful manner. 

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June 24, 2015

In this issue:

  • Threat Assessment: An essential component of campus public safety and security is threat assessment and management. According to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Threat Assessment Team's Safety Case Manager, Kendall Plageman, the purpose and importance of threat assessment and management is "to prevent violence by assessing and managing any threatening behaviors or dangerous incidents among students, faculty, staff, or community members before escalation to violence, [as well as] increase awareness of violence prevention resources and encourage more reporting of potentially dangerous situations prior to escalation."
  • Tailgating: We are only two and a half months away from the first Saturday of college football on September 5, 2015. Tailgating has become synonymous with alcohol consumption, both in college and professional sports, probably none more so than football. Given the propensity for high risk drinking, acts of violence, and liability concerns as a result of tailgating before and after football games, colleges and universities are increasingly working towards implementing best practices for safe and responsible tailgating.

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June 17, 2015

In this issue:

  • Protecting Minors on Campus: Most institutions of higher education experience interactions with minors on their campuses, especially over the summer months when colleges host sports, theater and a variety of other camps for children of all ages. It is important to safeguard the youth who interact with faculty, staff, students and volunteers and there are steps colleges and universities can take to protect minors.
  • LGBT Pride Month: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement, that took place in Manhattan. Since then, 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.

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June 10, 2015

In this issue:

  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Functioning and Effectiveness: Many campuses across the nation utilize a victim-centered sexual assault response team (SART). SARTs are community-wide multidisciplinary groups of individuals working synergistically to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual assault. The National Institute of Justice funded a national research study that compiled data from 2010-2012 to better understand SART functioning and effectiveness.
  • Department of Homeland Security Releases First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs led the development of a new document, The First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents, at the request of the National Security Council's working group on improvised explosive device situations and in response to first responders who have encountered mass casualties from IEDs and/or active shooter incidents.

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June 3, 2015

In this issue:

  • Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Resources to Help Sworn and Non-Sworn Departments: The use of body-worn cameras is becoming more prevalent among law enforcement officers and campus security officers can use the technology as well. In its report to the president, the Task Force on 21st Century Policing indicated technologies like body-worn cameras "can improve policing practices and build community trust and legitimacy, but its implementation must be built on a defined policy framework with its purposes and goals clearly delineated."
  • NCCPS Webinar Recording: Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety: If you weren't able to join us last week for our inaugural webinar, Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety, you can view the webinar recording, access the speaker slides and download topic-specific papers on our website.
  • Office for Civil Rights Issues FY13-14 Report to President and Secretary of Education: At the end of April 2015, Assistant Secretary Catherine E. Lhamon of the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the FY13-14 report to the President and Secretary of Education entitled, Protecting Civil Rights, Advancing Equity

     

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May 27, 2015

In this issue:

  • Start by Believing Campaign: It is critical for campus safety, law enforcement and other campus professionals to recognize that their response to victims of sexual assault has an immense impact on the victim's process of recovery. End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is a non-profit organization that promotes a victim-centered, multidisciplinary collaboration to strengthen the response of the criminal justice system, campus safety and other professionals, supporters, and community members to help make communities safer. 
  • California Takes Steps To Address Sexual Assault on Campuses: On May 13, 2015, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced new steps to address sexual assault on the state's college campuses. Harris was joined by University of California President Janet Napolitano, law enforcement personnel and victims advocates as she revealed a Model Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), comprised of a How-To Guide and Template MOU aimed at assisting "law enforcement agencies and institutions of higher learning to improve their coordination, collaboration and transparency in response to cases of campus sexual assault."

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May 20, 2015

In this issue:

  • ARC3 Develops Free Campus Climate Survey: ARC3, the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative, is a group of student and legal affairs professionals, campus advocates, students, campus law enforcement, and sexual assault and harassment researchers who initially came together in October 2014 at the Georgia State University Forum on Campus Sexual Assault.
  • Training and Exercise Opportunities for Campus Emergency Management Practitioners: Emergency preparedness is an important part of campus safety and includes planning, training and exercising. Training for members of the college community who may be assigned specific roles in an emergency is essential to ensure they have the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from natural, technological, and human-caused incidents. 

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May 13, 2015

In this issue:

  • NCCPS Announces First Webinar: Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety: On Thursday, May 28th at 2:30 PM EDT, we'll be hosting the inaugural webinar of our free Campus Public Safety Online webinar series in conjunction with our month-long celebration of NCCPS' first anniversary.
  • Nobility of Policing: Whether your campus has its own police department or works collaboratively with one, it is important to acknowledge that officers from campus safety and police organizations face unpredictable dangers and challenges in order to protect lives, secure the safety of citizens, and defend civil liberties. 
  • Follow Up Summit White Paper Released on Clery and Title IX Compliance Issues: In January 2015, campus officials came together for a second time to discuss compliance issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). This summit, held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, was a follow up to the first gathering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in August 2014. 

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May 6, 2015

In this issue:

  • National Police Week and Officer Safety: May 10-16, 2015 is National Police Week. In 1962, National Police Week was established by a joint resolution of Congress and always falls on the week of May 15th. Whether your campus has its own police department or works collaboratively with a local agency, it is important to acknowledge the sacrifice that some officers have made while protecting their communities.
  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May since 1949. On April 30, 2015, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation for this year's Mental Health Awareness Month highlighting the fact that "this year approximately one in five American adults -- our friends, colleagues, and loved ones -- will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress, and many others will be troubled by significant emotional and psychological distress, especially in times of difficulty."

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April 29, 2015

In this issue: 

  • Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Education Releases New Title IX Coordinators Guidance: On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), US Department of Education (ED), released three new guidance documents for Title IX coordinators. The documents apply to all school districts (K-12), colleges, and universities receiving Federal financial assistance, and are inclusive of all previously released guidance documents from ED and OCR.
  • We Regret To Inform You: Providing Sensitive Death Notifications with Professionalism, Dignity, and Compassion: While making a death notification can be a stressful and difficult experience, there are methods to ensure the notification is provided to family members with professionalism, dignity, and compassion. "How a person receives the death notification actually will change how they process the death," said Rebecca Bywater, director of Threat Assessment and Community Education at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). 

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