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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.


December 10, 2014

In this issue:

  • Attorney General Holder Announces New Guidance To Curb Profiling: On Monday, December 8th, Attorney General Eric Holder announced new steps the Department of Justice will take to curb profiling by federal law enforcement agencies. The new policy also applies to state and local law enforcement officers...
  • Holiday Safety Tips: Crimes such as robberies, burglaries, and thefts typically increase during the holiday season. With holiday travel, shopping and preparations more people are out and about and they tend to be carrying more money and valuables than during other times of the year. It's important to be mindful of...

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December 3, 2014

In this issue:

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month: Underage drinking and alcohol-impaired driving are both common issues in communities across the nation. The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that in 2012, over "10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes" and...
  • New COPS and BJA Resource Guide: On November 21, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced the release of a new resource guide, Resource Guide for Enhancing Community Relationships and Protecting Privacy and Constitutional Rights, which is intended to help law enforcement officers build stronger community-police relations.

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November 25, 2014

In this Issue:

  • Bystander Intervention Resources: Bystander intervention awareness and strategies are an essential part of any violence prevention program or effort at higher education institutions, regardless of your institution's location or size. Compiled below are several resources for use by campus safety officials, advocates, faculty and staff, and community members.
  • Giving Thanks: During this week of Thanksgiving, we would like to express our thanks to all the campus public safety officials for your service. 

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November 19, 2014

In this issue:

  • "It's On Us" Week of Action: This week, November 17-21, is the official "It's On Us" Week of Action across campuses nationwide. The week of events, advocacy and activism is being coordinated by Generation Progress, the progressive, nonprofit interest group that has partnered with the White House on the "It's On Us" campaign.
  • Preparing for and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement: Cyberbullying is a growing problem among several age groups that occurs across a variety of mediums in cyberspace including on computers, cell phones and tablets, through video-sharing sites and social media, and in interactive apps and gaming systems. 

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November 13, 2014

In this issue:

  • From the Road: TISA Pilot Training Program at Virginia Commonwealth University: Tuesday was the first day of our pilot training program for campus officials on Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations and Adjudications at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. We had over 40 participants in attendance - student conduct, education and advocacy services, counseling services, residential life, administrative investigations, campus public safety, law enforcement, dean of students office, attorney general's office, and more.
  • Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses: Resources: As a follow-up to our article two weeks ago on Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses that focused on training, we have compiled some resources in our website library to assist you in establishing, maintaining or coordinating response programs.

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November 5, 2014

In this issue:

  • Ebola Virus Disease - Updates and Resources: Colleges and universities across the nation have been cautiously preparing for the possible arrival of the Ebola virus and taking essential steps to prevent it from coming to their campuses. To assist these communities, we have compiled relevant guidance, training, updates and other resources below.
  • Fire Safety on Campuses: Fire safety continues to be a critical issue on campuses nationwide. Since 2000, 169 people have died in campus-related fires with 87% of these deaths occurring in off-campus housing. Accordingly, a greater emphasis is being placed on reaching out to and educating students who reside off-campus.

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October 30, 2014

In this issue:

  • MIT Climate Survey Coincides with National Estimates: On Monday, MIT announced the results of a campus-wide survey that was launched in spring 2014. Of MIT's 10,831 students, 3,844 responded, or 35%. One in six female undergraduates, who had responded anonymously, said they had been sexually assaulted, (defined in the survey as unwanted sexual contact, from touching to penetration, "involving use of force, physical threat or incapacitation") but only five percent reported the crime to any campus official. Further, five percent of male undergraduates who responded said they had been sexually assaulted. University President L. Rafael Reif was clearly troubled by the results and said he was "disturbed by the extent and nature of the problem." 
  • Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses: Law enforcement and campus public safety officers nationwide commonly respond to calls for service that involve people with mental illnesses. The nature of law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses is complex and these encounters can be time-consuming and affect the officers, people with mental illnesses and their families, the community and the criminal justice system.

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October 22, 2014

In this issue:

  • Final VAWA Amendments to Clery Act Published: On Monday, October 20th, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released the final regulations outlining the new changes to the Clery Act by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The final regulations officially go into effect July 1, 2015, although ED already stated that institutions of higher education (IHEs) are expected to make a "good faith effort" to comply with the new regulations until that time. 
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: One in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), defines domestic violence as "a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person."

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October 15, 2014

In this issue:

  • Butane Hash Oil: Public Safety and Officer Awareness: The popularity of butane hash oil (BHO), also known as "honey oil," "dabs," "shatter," or "wax," has increased over the last several years. The production process typically involves filling a tube with marijuana and using butane to extract and concentrate tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), leaving a sticky yellow residue, known as BHO. This manufacturing process can lead to fires and explosions, some of which have been reported in the news as occurring on college campuses. With individual states legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, there is an increased potential that BHO labs will become more prevalent. 
  • White House Releases Updated Title IX Guidance Documents: Recently, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released four new, updated Title IX documents via the Not Alone website.

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October 8, 2014

In this issue:

  • Protecting Your Institution's Electronic Information: According to the Student and Employee's Electronic Information brief, written by the Vermont Intelligence Center (VIC) and the Center for Internet Security (CIS), most college and university networks employ an open structure making them harder to secure. With thousands of students and staff members logging in with their own computers, the external shells of these systems must remain somewhat penetrable. CIS studied 166 incidents reported and/or documented in open source databases between 2012 and 2013 in which an attack by an external, malicious actor led to a data breach. Malicious actors targeted educational institutions in 46% of these incidents. Training students and personnel about cyber attacks, such as phishing and watering hole attacks, may help reduce the likelihood of successful attacks via these methods. 
  • Building and Maintaining Successful Community Relations: Trust is the foundation of a successful partnership or relationship between public safety organizations, including campus public safety, and the diverse and multicultural communities they serve. These relationships are essential to the creation and sustainment of safe, supportive and socially just communities, and prove mutually beneficial for both public safety officials and their communities.

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