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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.


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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April 22, 2015

In this issue:

  • The You Have Options Program and Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview Training: It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the goal of SAAM 2015 is to support campuses in creating a culture of prevention and effective, trauma-informed response. One of the ways campuses can do this is by learning about and participating in the You Have Options Program (YHOP).
  • National PrepareAthon Day: April 30th is National PrepareAthon Day, part of the larger America PrepareAthon campaign, a grassroots effort for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. National PrepareAthon Day focuses on taking proactive measures to prepare for six different natural hazards: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, and winter storms.

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April 15, 2015

In this issue:

  • National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 19 -25, 2015 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). This annual observance occurs every April and was started in 1981 as part of an expanding initiative to provide for victims of crimes. NCVRW is supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and other private victim rights' organizations such as the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).
  • Severe Weather and Emergency Preparedness: Even though spring is considered severe weather season in the U.S., severe weather can strike any time of the year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Ready campaign was created to educate Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural disasters such as earthquakes, winter storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. 
  • Make Your Opinion Count! Take the Survey: Thanks to everyone that has already taken the Margolis Healy 2015 Campus Safety Survey. The good news is there's still time to take it and we need to hear from you!

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April 8, 2015

In this issue:

  • Event Security During Graduation Season: For many, graduation ceremonies and other large-scale events tend to be a repetitive process. Procedures are typically established in the pre-event planning phase and reused time and again. But, it is important to re-evaluate these procedures after each event to identify gaps or inefficiencies, and also add new procedures or policies that reflect new technologies or best practices in security and event management.
  • Margolis Healy 2015 Campus Safety Survey: It's time for the Margolis Healy 2015 Campus Safety Survey. The NCCPS has worked with Margolis Healy to bring you an opportunity to be heard on many issues affecting our campuses.

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April 1, 2015

In this issue:

  • NASPA Launches Gender-Based Violence Online Series: NASPA announced a new series of online courses to help student affairs professionals "understand, comply with, and implement laws and best practices for addressing gender-based violence at their institutions." NASPA has partnered with leaders in the field, including the Clery Center for Security on Campus and the Victim Rights Law Center, to develop and present material through courses.
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. An integral part of NCADD's Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend.

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March 25, 2015

In this issue:

  • National Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Sexual Assault Awarness Month (SAAM) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is providing campaign planning materials on this year's campaign focus, Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus.  
  • National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) Grant Funding Announced: The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced it will award up to $24 million through a competitive grant process as part of its National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).  

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March 18, 2015

In this issue: 

  • Six Pilot Sites Announced for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice: Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative) as part of President Obama's launch of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.
  • President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Issues Interim Report: Earlier this month, The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing issued its interim report, 90 days after it was charged by President Obama with identifying best practices and offering recommendations on policing practices that "can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust."

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March 11, 2015

In this issue:

  • Integrating Crime Victims' Issues Into College and University Curricula: When it comes to the care and support of victims, everyone has a role to play. Campus law enforcement working cooperatively with other university departments and community providers can have significant impact on the appropriate response to victimization. 
  • Women in Policing: March is National Women's History Month. The role of women in our campus police and city, state and local law enforcement is a critical one, but research shows women continue to be underrepresented. According to the recently released Campus Law Enforcement Survey findings from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, during the 2011-2012 school year, about one in six sworn campus police officers were women (16.9% in 2004-05 and 17.5% in 2011-12).

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March 04, 2015

In this issue: 

  • Free Distance Learning Courses for Underage Drinking Enforcement and Prevention: The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) currently offers six distance-learning courses that are available to participants at no cost. 
  • Adolescent Development and Policing: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently released a new resource for law enforcement that focuses on adolescents, ages 15-19, and interactions with law enforcement. The brief, developed with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, addresses key differences between the development of the adolescent and adult brain and how this presents key challenges for law enforcement.

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February 25, 2015

In this issue:

  • EVAWI Training Bulletin Series: Alternative Reporting Methods: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is a non-profit organization that provides education, training, technical assistance and expert consultation to those who respond to gender-based violence. EVAWI recently created a series of ten training bulletins designed to explore the key issues related to Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) forensic compliance and alternative reporting methods for sexual assault victims. 
  • Naloxone Toolkit: Naloxone is a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, developed the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit at the urging of the U.S. Attorney General in response to the growing opioid overdose epidemic.

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