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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.
    • 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.
      • Campus Safety magazine spoke with Laura Dunn, founder of SurvJustice, and Daniel Carter, director of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation’s of 32 National Campus Safety Initiative on how colleges can comply with the Campus SaVE Act (also known as the reauthorized Violence Against Woman Act or VAWA) before the official rules are released in October or November 2014. Despite the rules not being formally released yet, schools still must make a good-faith effort to comply with the law. In this video Dunn and Carter discuss the prevention efforts institutions of higher education must take; campuses’ data and reporting requirements; the rights of victims and the accusers; as well as the accommodations campuses must make for victims.

 

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 as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying at Colleges and Universities, January 2012
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
Campus Ready
  • This section of FEMA's Ready Campaign focuses specifically on colleges and universities. Look here for tips, training, and resources to help review, update, and exercise campus emergency plans
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)
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.
  • 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 for Campus Public Safety
  • Website under construction as of July 2014.
  • The National Center will be a resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders. With this in mind, the National Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.
  • In March of 2013, Congress provided funding to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the creation of the National Center. In consultation with key stakeholders and federal partners, BJA developed a competitive solicitation and received proposals to create and host the National Center. Through this process, a cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC in the fall of 2013.
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.
 

Health

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Counseling Support Tool: Guide for Adolescent Girls and Young Women 

    • This support tool helps providers make physical activity and healthy eating recommendations to adolescent girls and young women based on their answers to the “Getting Started” questionnaire in the guide My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Health Eating for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.

  • My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

    • This booklet, published in February 2013, helps adolescent girls and young women learn about physical activity and healthy eating. It uses questionnaires to help assess current level of healthy eating and exercise, and provides tools for setting the right goals and making healthy choices. It includes tips for communicating with health care providers and links to Web sites for additional information.
 

Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility 

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

Large Event Preparedness

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Law Enforcement Planning for Major Events
  • When law enforcement executives are tasked with managing a large-scale event, they can maximize their efforts by learning from other agencies and adopting proven practices. Too often, past lessons learned are not documented in a clear and concise manner. To address this information gap, the Bureau of Justice Assistance is working to provide the field with a range of resources and tools.
  • Managing Large-Scale Security Events: A Planning Primer for Local Law Enforcement Agencies
    • BJA worked in partnership with the CNA Corporation (CNA) to develop this Planning Primer, published in May 2013, which synthesizes model practices pertaining to security planning for a large-scale event, specifically pre-event planning, core event operations, and post-event activities. The guide also includes a comprehensive Appendix including actionable templates, checklists, and key considerations designed to facilitate the planning process.
Managing Major Events: Best Practices from the Field
  • Published in June 2011 by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
  • This report aims to explore some of the key issues that have proved important or difficult in the real world of policing. The approach was to bring police practitioners together to discuss the issues they have encountered, the approaches that they have tried and have found either useful or unhelpful, and the lessons they have learned.
Planning and Managing Security for Major Special Events: Guidelines for Law Enforcement
  • Published in August of 2011 by Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
  • For law enforcement executives, command staff, and trainers involved in, or providing training in, managing special events in their communities, the safety and security of the event itself, the people who attend the event, as well as the surrounding community, are of the utmost importance. The guide covers all aspects of pre-event planning, security needs during the event, and post-event activities. Topics covered include threat and risk assessments; intelligence; staffing needs and resources; communications; access control and credentialing; traffic and transportation; logistics, training, and public information; hazardous materials; critical infrastructure; demonstrations; and security management.
Special Events Contingency Planning: Job Aids Manual
  • Published in 2005 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • This manual is intended to provide guidance for the management of risks associated with conducting events that involve mass gatherings of people and assist planners and organizers in making such events safe and successful.

 

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.
  • 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  
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Online Training Institute: Successfully Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault 
  • Presented by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), this is a series of free courses offered to anyone who is interested in the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim (i.e., non-strangers).
  • Participants in the OLTI can work through the various training modules to learn and review new information and then apply this newly acquired knowledge in realistic and interactive scenarios, as well as assessment methods such as quizzes, tests, and case studies.
  • For professionals who successfully complete OLTI courses, continuing education is available for nurses, counselors, and law enforcement officers.
It's On Us
  • Campaign to stop sexual assault and promote health relationships.
  • Take a pledge to help prevent sexual assualt, watch videos, and participate in the campaign.
NEW NotAlone.gov
  • Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools.
  • Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault    
  • Published April 2014 by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assualt
  • One in five women is sexually assaulted in college. Most often, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. Many survivors are left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame. Although it happens less often, men, too, are victims of these crimes.
  • President Obama created the Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault to turn this tide. As the name of our new website – NotAlone.gov – indicates, we are here to tell sexual assault survivors that they are not alone. And we’re also here to help schools live up to their obligation to protect students from sexual violence.
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 
Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER)
  • Started by Columbia University students, SAFER fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies. Run by a volunteer collective, SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training manual, among other resources.
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Justice 
 

Social Norming

MOST of Us
  • MOST of Us is an interdisciplinary center at Montana State University that conducts, exchanges, and applies research in order to improve health and safety by understanding and cultivating cultural transformation.
  • Thus far, MOST of Us Campaigns using the Montana Model of Social Norms Marketing have proven effective in areas such as preventing tobacco use, increasing seat belt use, and preventing drinking and driving among other issues.
National Social Norms Institute (NSNI)
  • The National Social Norms Institute opened its doors in 2006 at the University of Virginia. The mission includes research, evaluation, and dissemination of information on the social norms approach to the field. The goals are to demonstrate and facilitate the extension of the methodology to other health issues and other populations. The NSNI advisory board consists of prominent researchers and academicians in the field.
  • Look here for information about best practices, guidance on how to start a campaign, and to access national data from college health centers.
 

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
  • The Center is no longer active as of 2012.

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Education

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

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 as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.
  • Voices from the Field, July 2014, is about supporting first year college students, including preventing high-risk alcohol consumption. How students adjust to their learning environments affects how they learn and campus climate as a whole.
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 
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)
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 Coalition of Colorado (SPCC)
  • The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state. Today, SPCC’s membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach.
  • Suicide and Mental Health Resources by Colorado County
 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 
The Path to Violence
  • Video from PBS that first aired in February 2013.
  • This program tells a story about the effective Secret Service threat assessment program that helps schools detect problem behavior in advance and prevent acts of school violence.
  • CSSRC Staff Review, 6/11/14
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.
Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting: The NaBITA 2014 Whitepaper
  • Published in 2014
  • Tool provided by the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)
  • NaBITA is an independent, not-for-profit association incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It has more than 800 active members from colleges, universities, schools and workplaces. NaBITA is committed to providing education, development and support to school and workplace professionals who endeavor every day to make their campuses and workplaces safer through caring prevention and intervention.
  • Threat Assessment Tools

 

Training

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.
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.
End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Online Training Institute: Successfully Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault 
  • Presented by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), this is a series of free courses offered to anyone who is interested in the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim (i.e., non-strangers).
  • Participants in the OLTI can work through the various training modules to learn and review new information and then apply this newly acquired knowledge in realistic and interactive scenarios, as well as assessment methods such as quizzes, tests, and case studies.
  • For professionals who successfully complete OLTI courses, continuing education is available for nurses, counselors, and law enforcement officers.
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.
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 
NEW National Center for Campus Public Safety
  • Website under construction as of July 2014.
  • The National Center will be a resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders. With this in mind, the National Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.
  • In March of 2013, Congress provided funding to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the creation of the National Center. In consultation with key stakeholders and federal partners, BJA developed a competitive solicitation and received proposals to create and host the National Center. Through this process, a cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC in the fall of 2013.
NEW Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Online University
  • Launched in May 2014.
  • This is a central source for the juvenile justice community to easily connect with training and technical assistance. The Online University is a one-stop shop for training courses, Webinars, training and technical assistance events, and materials that OJJDP’s training and technical assistance providers and partners have developed.
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.
Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) Webinars
  • The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP)
  • Distance Learning
    • In December 2010 the UDETC began offering distance learning opportunities featuring courses that present best practices and strategies for the enforcement of underage drinking laws and efforts to reduce underage drinking.
  • Past National Electronic Seminars & Webinars
    • UDETC will mail hard copies of previous trainings regarding youth alcohol use. Request copies here.

 

Vulnerability Assessment

A Guide to School Vulnerability Assessment: Key Principles for Safe Schools  |  en Español 
  • This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities and emphasizes ongoing vulnerability assessment as a valuable part of emergency management planning. This guide is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool.
Creating a Safe School Building
  • Tip sheet created by National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Educational Facilities Vulnerability / Hazard Assessment Checklist
  • Published by the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) in 2011.
  • Vulnerability assessment is the ongoing process through which school districts and campuses identify and evaluate potential risks, and areas of weakness, capable of adversely impacting the campus or school system (The United States Department of Education, 2008). As a result of varying characteristics, assessments must be customized to fit the physical environment, culture, and resources of each educational facility.
  • This checklist provides an overview of educational facility vulnerabilities and hazards that should be identified and addressed in the prevention/mitigation phase of a school’s emergency management process.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • K-12 School Security Practices Guide
    • Published in April, 2013, this guide provides security practices for consideration by communities to deter threats, address hazards and risks, as well as minimize damage from school incidents, including mass casualty events. The security practices include a spectrum of options for consideration, from programmatic and procedural considerations to technological enhancements that school administrators may consider implementing based upon the most likely threats to their school district and their available resources. The security practices guide includes options for consideration in developing a security plan that builds from existing comprehensive assessment efforts (e.g., culture and climate, school threat assessment) and blends a number of security practices to achieve an effect where threats are either deterred or delayed and detected in advance of creating harm.
  • K-12 School Security Checklist
    • Published in April, 2013, this checklist is a companion to the K-12 School Security Practices Guide to help schools assess their current security practices and enable improvement.
  • Colorado Information Resources Guide
    • This document provides a compilation of preparedness resources available in Colorado.
The Vulnerability Assessment Process
  • This archived webinar, recorded in 2011, is presented by Dr. Arthur Cummins and hosted by the American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF).
  • In this online learning opportunity, content and resources will be shared to support a strategic approach to assessing matters of safety and security in school settings.  Current research will be cited and you will be directed to a broad scope of resources to support your learning in this area.  A variety of tools will be discussed to support implementation at the local level.  Outcomes from this session will allow you to activate and mobilize a call to action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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