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Higher Education

 

Clery Act - Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Clery Act  
  • United States Code (U.S.C.) Title 20 - Education
    Chapter 28 - Higher Education Resources and Student Assistance
    Subchapter IV - Student Assistance
    Part F - General Provisions Relating to Student Assistance Programs
    § 1092. Institutional and financial assistance information for students
U.S. Department of Education
  • Campus Security
    • Resources to assist in providing a safe and secure campus.
  • Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting   
    • Published February 2011.
    • This handbook will familiarize you with the amended Clery Act and the new regulations that were added by Higher Education Opportunity Act. This handbook takes you step by step along the path to compliance and explains what the regulations mean and what they require of your institution.
  • Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter, April 4, 2011

    • Education has long been recognized as the great equalizer in America. The U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) believe that providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination is extremely important. The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ right to receive an education free from discrimination and, in the case of sexual violence, is a crime.

 

Colorado Bills and Revised Statutes Relating to Safety at Institutions of Higher Education

 

Bullying 

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) - Higher Education  
  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying at Colleges and Universities, January 2012
NEW Prevention of Bullying in Schools, Colleges, and Universities: Research Report and Recommendations
  • Published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in February 2013.
  • The goals of this report are:
    1. To identify the causes and consequences of bullying in schools, colleges, and universities;
    2. To highlight training and technical assistance opportunities so that faculty and staff at all types of educational institutions may effectively address bullying;
    3. To evaluate the effectiveness of current anti-bullying policies and bullying prevention programs; and
    4. To assess the connections between bullying research and interventions and current and pending legislation.
 

General Preparedness

 Higher Ed Resources Document
  • Compiled by Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center- U.S. Department of Education
Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education
  • Produced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools in collaboration with the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Emergency Management Planning for Institutions of Higher Education
  • Released by Helpful Hints series prepared by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center. (2007)
NEW Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education 
  • This guide, published in June 2013, aligns and builds upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and is a joint product of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (ED) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on this critical topic. The guide is customized to the higher education community, incorporates lessons learned from recent incidents, and responds to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Schools can use this guide to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.
  • NEW Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education
    • Webinar from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center), recorded on 6/27/13. REMS TA Center Webinars
    • The guide will help institutions of higher education develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), and describes the principles and processes that will help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels.
    • These webinars were conducted in collaboration with all of the Federal agencies that worked together to develop the guides, and provided an overview of:
      • the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for an IHE;
      • the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining an EOP for an IHE;
      • the form, function, and content of an IHE EOP plan; and
      • topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, information sharing, school climate, active shooter situations, and psychological first aid.
    • Slides
    • Support Resources 
NEW National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) - Higher Education 
  • Our schools and communities are contending with many factors that affect the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.
  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
  • Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education and managed by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools.
  • Mass Notification paper published in revised form in Oct. 2009 for Universities regarding mass notification systems for campuses.
  • Campus Safety and Security - Information on safety and security issues on college and university campuses, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
 

 Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility 

NEW Social Media Toolkit: Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing a Social Media Strategy in Your School or District
 

Physical Environment Safety 

Chemical Safety Board (CSB)
  • The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
  • Experimenting with Danger
    • This video explores hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions. Released in October 2011.
Fire Safe Student Housing: A Guide for Campus Housing Administrators
  • Published in February 1999 by the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland.
  • The purpose of this report is to provide campus housing administrators, fraternal organizations and others responsible for housing college students with an overview of the elements of fire safe student housing. The goal is to present a balanced approach that will permit housing administrators to make risk informed decisions regarding the costs and benefits associated with different fire safety features and levels of fire protection. Additional resources that are available to help in the development of a comprehensive program for fire safe student housing are also identified.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
  • Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education and managed by the National Institute of Building Sciences, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools.
  • Landscape Design for School grounds and College Campuses
  • Design Resources and Campus Architecture on the planning and design of college and university facilities.
U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)
  • As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • Campus Fire Safety: Tips for Students and Parents
 

Recovery 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  
 

Research and Data

 Campus Attacks: Targeted Violence Affecting Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
  • This April 2010 report offers preliminary findings from a review of 272 incidents of violence that affected IHEs in the United States from 1900 through 2008.   The report addresses fundamental questions regarding where, when, and how these incidents occurred, and captures information concerning the offenders and their relationship to the IHEs. When possible, the report also identifies factors that may have motivated or triggered the attacks.  The agencies strived to create a product under this phase of research that will be useful for threat assessment and campus safety professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at IHEs.
Colorado Higher Education Data and Reports
  • This section provides information on student enrollment, degrees awarded, ethnicity, gender and other statistics often requested for the public institutions in the state of Colorado. In this searchable database section, you may build queries summarizing various demographic categories. Data is available on enrollment, degrees awarded, and degrees offered. If you are seeking detailed information regarding historical enrollment and degrees awarded, you may view static reports of this data.

Monitoring the Future Research
  • National survey on drug use from 1975-2011 for secondary school students. Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.
  • The Monitoring the Future Study has been funded under a series of investigator-initiated competing research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. MTF is conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Understanding Intimate Partner Violence
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines intimate partner violence (IPV) as violence between two people in a close relationship, including current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV occurs on a continuum from a single episode to ongoing battering and can include physical violence, sexual violence, threats, emotional abuse, stalking, and controlling reproductive health.

  • IPV is a significant issue for college campuses. According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, most male and female victims of IPV "experienced some form of IPV for the first time before age 25."

 

Safety & Security Tracking

Building a Disaster Resistant University
  • This document, created in 2003, is both a how-to guide and a distillation of the experiences of six universities and colleges across the country that have been working over the past several years to become more disaster-resistant. It complements the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State and Local Mitigation Planning how-to guides that provide planning guidance for creating and implementing a hazard mitigation
    planning process.
  • Worksheets for Disaster Resistant University planning and development  
Campus Safety and Security Services Checklist
  • Featured in the journal College Planning & Management, June 2007. Outlines some points to consider when purchasing security services and equipment.
Campus Security Guidelines: Recommended Operational Policies for Local and Campus Law Enforcement Agencies 
  • Published September 2009 by the Major Cities Chiefs (MCC) Police Association and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  • MCC and BJA developed the Campus Security Guidelines in order to make a genuine difference in how law enforcement prevents, prepares, responds to and recovers from critical incidents on campus. The Guidelines are real operational policies, developed by the experts—local and campus law enforcement—that can be implemented across the nation.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions Checklist
  • Produced by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Texas State University - San Marcos, Safety Tool Kit
  • Published in 2008. This toolkit was developed as a collaborative effort between safety practitioners at the Texas School Safety Center and school safety and security professionals. The checklist items were developed by studying security audit checklists already available in several states, most notably, Virginia. Other items were developed by comparing those items, from state checklists, against the Vulnerability Self- Assessment Tool (VSAT) put forth by the Department of Homeland Security. The VSAT was a joint project of the Department of Homeland Security and the Texas School Safety Center and is currently under review.
 

Sexual Assault 

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) 
  • ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively. Since 1972, Title IX has proved to be an increasingly powerful leveling tool, helping to advance gender equity in schools and colleges.
  • NEW Mandatory Reporters: A Policy for Faculty and Professional Staff, model policy published September 2013  
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
  • Acquaintance Rape of College Students  
NEW Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action 
  • Published in January 2014 by the White House Council on Women and Girls.
  • Nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes, with victims more likely to suffer from depression, substance abuse and a wide range of physical ailments, including chronic pain and diabetes. No one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women; according to the report 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college but only 12 percent of student victims report the assault.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Sexual Assault on Campus 
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)  
U.S. Department of Justice 
 

Substance Abuse Prevention

College Drinking Prevention
  • College Drinking: Changing the Culture created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA)
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Higher Education Center for Alcohol Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention
  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education

  • The Higher Education Center  helps campuses and communities address problems of alcohol, other drugs, and violence by identifying effective strategies and programs based upon the best prevention science.

NEW A National Conversation on Protecting Our Youth
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIDA website contains resources for students and young adults including education resources and materials on drugs of abuse. Information for parents and teachers includes drug information and facts, education materials, curriculum guides, and classroom tools. Medical and health professionals will find resources including NIDAMED, screening tools, resources for your practice, resources for your patients, and centers of excellence for physician information.
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)   
  • A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  ONDCP advises the President on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.
  • Colleges and Universities 
NEW Pillbox
  • Launched in July 2013 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Use this site to identify unknown medications in pill form. Identification can take place with either physical characteristics or by manufacturer or name. Once a medication is identified, Pillbox provides links to drug information and drug labels.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
NEW Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative 
  • The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the University of Michigan and the American College Health Association, encourages the voluntary adoption of tobacco-free policies at institutions of higher learning across the nation. These policies not only support the many people on college campuses who are trying to quit but also dissuade young adults from starting.
  • All are welcome to participate in the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative – university and college leaders, administrators, faculty members, students and student groups.

 

Suicide Prevention

Bacchus Network
  • BACCHUS is a network of more than 8,000 student leaders and advisors who work with over four million peers on more than 330 campuses nationwide. BACCHUS develops cutting edge tools for campuses consisting of student-friendly training programs, resource manuals, posters, and pamphlets.
  • Building Bridges: Promoting Mental Health, Campus Model Programs 
Campus Suicide Prevention: Bridging Paradigms and Forging Partnerships
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
 Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
  • SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. We provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.
  • College and University suicide prevention resources
  • Young Adult (18-25) suicide prevention resources

 

Threat Assessment

Campus Threat Assessment Case Studies: A Training Tool for Investigation, Evaluation, and Intervention 
  • Published December 2012 by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice
  • This guide is a training tool to assist campus threat assessment teams with self-guided opportunities to develop, refine, and enhance their behavioral threat assessment processes. Its design will help teams ensure they have a working knowledge of the nature and process of violence, how to identify persons at risk, reporting and assessing concerns, and resolving situations through compassionate and effective approaches.
Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
  • COPS — the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
  • Campus Threat Assessment Case Studies 
Threat Assessment in College Settings 
  • Written by Dewey Cornell, Ph.D. and published in Change magazine in 2010.
  • Although it is important for colleges to have a well-designed plan for first-responders, a comprehensive approach to campus safety should not be limited to security measures, warning systems, or crisis-response plans that are designed to react to violence. Threat assessment is a form of violence prevention that should be undertaken well before a gunman appears in the parking lot. The history of many school shootings reveals that the attack was preceded by threatening statements and behavior that aroused the concern of others weeks or months in advance.

 

Training

NEW Active Shooter Situations: Describing Unique Challenges Involved in Preparing for, Responding to and Recovering from a School-Based or Postsecondary Institution Shooting
  • Webinar recorded August 15, 2013
  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.
  • This presentation will provide information on active shooter situations to enhance the development and implementation of the Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) for schools and institutions of higher education (IHE). The webinar will emphasize the unique challenges involved in preparing for, responding to and recovering from a shooting at a school or an IHE.
NEW Building Respectful School Climates: ADL Webinar Series
  • Provided by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), these six one-hour webinars provide educators and adult family members with practical strategies and tips for creating inclusive school communities. While this series is geared to educators, we invite you to participate and encourage you to share this information with others who may be interested, especially those in the education field.
NEW Higher Education Webinar Series
  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.
  • Community Coalitions Working Collaboratively Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education to Address Underage Drinking
    • This webinar will review successful collaborative approaches for preventing underage drinking in communities with both high school and college students to 1) enforce the minimum legal drinking age; 2) enact and enforce policies to reduce youth commercial access to alcohol; 3) enact and enforce policies to reduce youth social access to alcohol; and 4) create comprehensive changes in institutional policies (e.g., of alcohol establishments, media outlets, and schools) and public policies aimed at reducing youth access to alcohol.
  • Safer Campuses and Communities: Tools for Implementing Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Problems
    • In this webinar, Dr. Bob Saltz, Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center, reviewed the latest research-based approaches to reducing alcohol-related problems among college students and considered how to apply the Safer Campuses and Communities resources recently developed. Then Karen Hughes, Coordinator of PartySafe@Cal at UC Berkeley, and Genie Cheng, Outreach and Education Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara, shared how their colleges have been implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce alcohol problems on their campuses and in their communities.
NEW Implementing Psychological First Aid (PSA) in School and Postsecondary Settings
  • Webinar recorded August 21, 2013
  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.
  • This webinar provided participants with a description of PFA, its role following an emergency, and its use in both the K-12 and higher education settings. Additionally, strategies for developing the necessary supports prior to an emergency, and for implementing PFA when needed, were presented.
  • Presentation Slides
  • Resources Supporting Implementing Psychological First Aid in School and Postsecondary Settings 
Techniques for Managing Special Events
  • Training provided by the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC)
  • This two-hour training identifies the complex nature of a special event and the need for effective planning, proper management, policy application, and enforcement at the event. The importance of including all appropriate stakeholders in each phase of the event is emphasized. The training demonstrates how alcohol at a special event increases the event’s complexity and how implementation of various alcohol policies, and the enforcement of those policies, can be effective in curtailing the alcohol-related problems often associated with such events. The outcomes of poor planning and the effects of zero tolerance are also reviewed.

 

 

 

 

 

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