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

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Sexual Violence on Campus: Strategies for Prevention. This resource highlights five components to consider when working to prevent sexual violence in college and university settings:Comprehensive Prevention, Audience, Infrastructure, Partnerships and Sustainability, Evaluation. These components represent a framework for CDC’s approach to campus sexual violence prevention efforts. The integration of all five components offers an opportunity to implement prevention efforts to have greater impact on the reduction and prevention of sexual violence on campus.
  • Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0 Sexual violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. However, measuring the problem can be difficult when  terminology and data elements for sexual violence are not consistent. Without consistency, we cannot monitor or track trends for sexual violence to determine the scope of the problem. In the effort to continually improve sexual violence data collection, CDC's Injury Center has updated Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements. Clarification on the Definition of Spouse
  • NEWTechnical Packages for Violence Prevention: Using Evidence-based Strategies in Your Violence Prevention Efforts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence. The strategies and approaches in the technical package represent different levels of the social ecology with efforts intended to impact individual behaviors as well as the relationship, family, school, community, and societal factors that influence risk and protective factors for violence. They are intended to work together and to be used in combination in a multi-level, multi-sector effort to prevent violence.  

Center for Online Education.

  • Student Safety Guide. An online guide from the Center for Online Education. With sections on the Clery Act, choosing a safe college, campus safety tips, and safety apps. Along with a list of additional resources. 

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

  • Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit
    • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), and University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department, 2014
    • A Summit was held to bring together campus officials from around the U.S. to discuss unresolved issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit II
    • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), and Georgia Tech, 2015
    • This Summit was the second in a series of meetings co-hosted by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the IACP University and College Police Section, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). A Summit was held to bring together campus officials from around the U.S. to discuss issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • The initial white paper based on an earlier summit meeting held August 18-20, 2014 is available to download here.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

  •  Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence.  This handbook illustrates the responsibility athletics departments have in collaborating with other campus leaders to fight sexual assault and interpersonal violence. The handbook was created to assist athletics departments in being valued campus partners in an effort to change the culture surrounding this issue.
  • SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture  This tool kit, framed by A Call to Action for NCAA member schools to address sexual violence prevention on their campuses, provides resource-independent tools for athletics administrators in their efforts to create campus communities free of violence and safe places for students to learn and thrive.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Senate

  • Recent Task Force Report Addresses Challenges to Clery Act Implementation

    • In 2013, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators established the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education to examine federal regulation requirements of higher education and identify potential improvements. The Task Force, comprised of college and university officials, identified specific challenges and concerns and developed guiding principles to assist the Department of Education in the development, implementation and enforcement of regulations.
    • In February 2015, the Task Force released a document based on their findings, Recalibrating Regulation of Colleges and Universities: Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. The report provides information on the burden of federal regulation, the challenges to higher education in the current regulatory environment, and specific regulations of concern. Also included are recommendations to simplify and streamline federal regulations, as well as eliminate complicated and costly regulations, laws and reporting requirements.

White House

  • January marked the one-year anniversary of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which was established by President Obama. The mission of the Task Force is to work with agencies to develop a coordinated Federal response to campus rape and sexual assault.  Recently, the Task Force released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide law enforcement and institutions of higher education with language they can use when developing formal relationships to improve communication and coordination in their efforts to address sexual violence in higher education. Access the sample MOU here.

 

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:
    • To identify the causes and consequences of bullying in schools, colleges, and universities;
    • To highlight training and technical assistance opportunities so that faculty and staff at all types of educational institutions may effectively address bullying;
    • To evaluate the effectiveness of current anti-bullying policies and bullying prevention programs; and
    • To assess the connections between bullying research and interventions and current and pending legislation.

Step UP!

  • The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and national leading experts, has developed the Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference program.
  • Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates higher education students to be proactive in helping others.
  • Topics addressed include: academics, alcohol and alcohol poisoning, anger, depression, discrimination, disordered eating, gambling, hazing, relationship abuse, and sexual assault.

 

Drone and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

General Preparedness

Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Suggested Elements for Districts and Schools, December 2013 (Compiled by CSSRC)

  • This template, which continues to be updated, was modeled after the U.S. Department of Education’s (2007) four phase model of emergency planning: Prevention/Mitigation; Preparedness; Response and Recovery. This model is also in compliance with the Colorado Safe Schools Act CRS 22-32-109.1 which requires each school district to adopt and implement a safe schools plan.
  • Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan: Elements Checklist for Institutions of Higher Education Combined with the Six US Federal Government Agencies' Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (pdf) (word), October 2014 

Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education

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)

Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) 101 for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) online training, September 2014

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.
  • A high-quality school EOP is adequate, feasible, acceptable, complete, and compliant with state and local requirements. To ensure that EOPs meet these criteria, school planning teams must work collaboratively to determine EOP goals and objectives. That’s why the planning process is so important. Although processes should be adapted based on the unique characteristics of the school, district and situation, teams can use this course to learn about all aspects of plan development, assessment, review, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Plan for 90-120 minutes to complete this course.

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.

National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCP)

  •  Preparing for and Responding to Student Activism on Campus. NCCPS news article highlights resources to assist campus public safety officials in creating proactive and positive communication and engagement strategies to protect the rights of demonstrators and the safety of citizens and police.  
  • Managing the Risk of Minors on Campus Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 2012
    • The 2012 Arthur J. Gallagher Think Tank for Higher Education Risk Management addressed the challenges of managing the risks of minors on college campuses. The intended audience for this publication includes higher education risk managers, administrators and anyone responsible for minors on campus, whether in an advisory or supervisory capacity. Among the topics discussed and addressed are prevention of molestation and sexual abuse, premises liability and bodily injury risks, and reputational risks.
  • Officer Response to People with Mental Illness
  • 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.
  • Instituionalizing The Clery Act At Institutions of Higher Education(PDF)Findings of a Focus Group of College and University Compliance Executives May 2016

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.

 

Hazing

HazingPrevention.org

  • HazingPrevention.Org is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, and building partnerships with others. 
  • Hazing Prevention Online Course
    • This is a preventative course to inform college students of the impact of hazing and how to prevent it. It is a 1-hour course that teaches students how to recognize, prevent and report hazing. This evidence-based and interactive online course reflects best practices established by the leading academics studying hazing.
  • Research, webinars, and videos

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 

Cyberbullying in College: Frequency, Characteristics, and Practical Implications, March 2014

  • Article published in Sage Open about cyberbullying prevalence on college campuses.

Electronic Crimes Task Forces (ECTF)

  • Operated by the U.S. Secret Service (USSS)
  • The concept of the ECTF network is to bring together not only federal, state and local law enforcement, but also prosecutors, private industry and academia. The common purpose is the prevention, detection, mitigation and aggressive investigation of attacks on the nation's financial and critical infrastructures.

Guide to Social Media in Educational Environments

  • National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) and Social Sentinel, Inc., 2016

 

Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC)

  • The REN-ISAC aids and promotes cybersecurity operational protection and response within the higher education and research (R&E) communities; within the context of a private community of trusted representatives at member institutions; and in service to the R&E community at-large.

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

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C3 Voluntary Program
    • Because cybersecurity and physical security are increasingly interconnected, DHS has partnered with the critical infrastructure community to establish a voluntary program to encourage use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity. The Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ (pronounced “C Cubed”) Voluntary Program is the coordination point within the Federal Government for critical infrastructure owners and operators interested in improving their cyber risk management processes. The C³ Voluntary Program aims to: 1) support industry in increasing its cyber resilience; 2) increase awareness and use of the Framework; and 3) encourage organizations to manage cybersecurity as part of an all hazards approach to enterprise risk management.
    • Getting Started for Academia
      • This page is intended to increase cybersecurity awareness, incentivize cybersecurity, encourage the adoption of best practices, and implement a shared sense of responsibility for cybersecurity at universities and colleges.
    • Self Service Tools
      • Cyber Resilience Review
      • Access resources and no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessments to evaluate an organization’s operational resilience and cybersecurity practices.
  • Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET)
    • A self-assessment tool that provides prioritized recommendations and enables users to assess their network and industrial control system security practices against industry and government standards.
  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
    • US-CERT strives for a safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.

 

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.

 

Mental Health

The Campus Program

  • The Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program is designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students. 
  • When a school becomes a member of The Campus Program, it demonstrates the school’s commitment to assessing and enhancing mental health promotion, and substance abuse and suicide prevention programming for students, families and campus professionals.
  • Participation in The Campus Program begins by:
  1. establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide oversight team to assess, support and implement program improvements.
  2. participating in an introductory workshop where the Campus Program Framework is reviewed and guidelines for next steps are discussed.
  3. completing a confidential self-assessment survey to determine the current mental health and substance abuse programs, and opportunities for potential enhancements.
  • Over the course of four years, the school and The Campus Program team – through a series of technical assistance activities – will work together to identify opportunities to enhance  mental health and substance abuse prevention programming on campus. 

National College Depression Partnership (NCDP)

  • The National College Depression Partnership (NCDP) is a college health consortium that utilizes a high-impact, cost-effective professional development approach to help college health systems and clinicians provide optimal care through the use of outcomes measurements and collaborative learning. Effective collaborative depression care relieves suffering, improves readiness to learn, and promotes student retention and success. 
  • NCDP is administered by New York University (NYU)

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.
  • 2012 Volume 2, including college students

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

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.

Guns on Campus: A Current Debate, January 2010

  • Published by the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
  • This fact sheet presents a summary of the debate around permitting citizens to carry guns on college and university campuses.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) Implementation Activities for Schools and Higher Education Institutions Checklist

  • Produced by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management

National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) .

  • Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety Webinar The National Center for Campus Public Safety welcomed national experts who discussed three essential topics in campus public safety: Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations, Behavioral Threat Assessment and Fair and Impartial Policing. Archive webinar video and presentation slides available .

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  

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

  • Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report (2016). The results of a campus climate survey that collected data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students from nine pilot schools during the 2014-15 academic year. The climate survey addressed the topic areas of: 1) sexual assault, rape, and battery, 2) sexual harassment and coercion, 3) intimate partner violence victimization, 4) sexual harassment and sexual assault perpetration, and 5) school connectedness and campus climate.

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.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)

  • VAWnet is a comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on domestic violence, sexual violence and related issues.
  • The goal of VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women is to use electronic communication technology to enhance efforts to prevent violence against women and intervene more effectively when it occurs. VAWnet supports local, state, and national prevention and intervention strategies that enhance safety and well-being and address the self-identified needs and concerns of victims and survivors. 

NotAlone.gov

Prevention of Post-Sexual Assault Stress

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)

  • SANE-SART is a program operated by the Sexaul Assault Resource Service with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Break the Silence video
    • While working with communities across the US, especially in rural and Tribal communities to develop SARTs, some of the issues identified as a challenge has been the lack of awareness in their communities about SARTs, the lack of resources available to inform them of the value of developing a SART, and the value to the community of utilizing a SART once developed. This video will aid communities to better meet this need. 

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

  • The Safe Place resource kit encompasses a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. Designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education, the kit will support health center staff at all levels to: Understand the likelihood that they serve student patients and even work with colleagues affected by trauma. Infuse trauma-sensitive approaches into their daily routine. Create a care environment that supports students affected by trauma.

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

  • The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study
    • Published December 2007
    • This study's primary research objective is to examine the prevalence, nature, and reporting of various types of sexual assault experienced by university students in an effort to inform the development of targeted intervention strategies.
  • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
  • Promoting Effective Criminal Investigations of Campus Sex Crimes
    • Published January 2012
    • This document explores the following issues:
      • Challenges, issues, and promising practices related to investigating campus sex crimes.
      • Resources that exemplify promising practices or that may be useful in their implementation.
      • Key partners in campus sex crimes investigations and potential coordination challenges.
      • Suggestions to help guide criminal investigations of campus sex crimes.
  • Stalking Awareness special feature with information and resources about stalking
  • Stalking Victims in the United States, special report published September 2012
  • Rape And Sexual Assault Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013

    • Lynn Langton, Ph.D., Sofi Sinozich, BJS Intern
    • December 11, 2014     NCJ 248471
    • Compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization against females ages 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college. This report examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. The report also discusses methodological differences between the NCVS and other surveys that measure rape and sexual assault victimization and the impact of these difference on rape and sexual assault estimates.

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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.

National Social Norms Resource Center

 

Substance Abuse Prevention

College Drinking Prevention

  • College Drinking: Changing the Culture created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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)
  • Pillbox is an online resource Use 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

Campus Suicide Prevention: Bridging Paradigms and Forging Partnerships

Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA)

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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

  • Mass Victimization: Promising Avenues for Prevention published Dec 4, 2015. This document is focused on identifying strategies that contribute to preventing, not predicting, incidents of targeted violence that result in mass casualty events. It is the result of a multi-agency collaborative conference held at Quantico, Virginia, in August of 2013.
  • Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools Jan 2016 (FBI) This document serves as a guide to educate school personnel about at-risk behaviors and activities that assist students with reducing social and psychological commitment to violence as a method of resolving a grievance. This guide can be a powerful tool to help empower schools and local communities who play prominent roles in building resilience and providing influence for youth.

National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)

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.

Virginia Commonwealth University VCU

Title IX

A new document, Dear Colleague Letter: Title IX Coordinators (PDF), is directed to leaders of institutions of higher education and school districts reminding them of their required responsibility to hire or designate a Title IX coordinator.The new Title IX Resource Guide (PDF) provides a variety of information for Title IX coordinators including:

  • The scope of Title IX
  • Responsibilities and authority of a Title IX coordinator
  • Administrative requirements
  • Application of Title IX to various issues
  • Collection and reporting of information
     

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.

Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) 101 for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) online training, September 2014

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.
  • A high-quality school EOP is adequate, feasible, acceptable, complete, and compliant with state and local requirements. To ensure that EOPs meet these criteria, school planning teams must work collaboratively to determine EOP goals and objectives. That’s why the planning process is so important. Although processes should be adapted based on the unique characteristics of the school, district and situation, teams can use this course to learn about all aspects of plan development, assessment, review, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Plan for 90-120 minutes to complete this course.

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

National Center for Campus Public Safety

  • The National Center is 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.

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.

 

Violence

Guns on Campus: A Current Debate, January 2010

  • Published by the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
  • This fact sheet presents a summary of the debate around permitting citizens to carry guns on college and university campuses.

 

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

Educational Facilities Vulnerability / Hazard Assessment Checklist

  • 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

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Educational Facilities Resource Repository (formerly 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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