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New Campus Safety Track for the 2015 Legal Issues Conference


Join the National Center for Campus Public Safety from October 19-21, 2015, at the University of Vermont (UVM) for the 25th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Starting this year, we are collaborating with UVM to bring you a campus safety track with sessions on:

  • Trauma-Informed Investigations - This session will cover trauma-informed practices designed to meet a complainant's immediate and long-term needs, and will explore the following: effective investigative and adjudicative processes, including support and advocacy functions from investigative and adjudicative functions; conducting trauma-informed interviews and maintaining effective communication; and incorporating principles of complainant/victim/survivor autonomy.
  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in Campus Public Safety - This presentation will provide participants with information on officer and first responder mental health issues to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and stress related job issues; officer and first responder suicide prevention; mental health, wellness, and peer support; and how to receive help for mental health issues.
  • Fair and Impartial Policing - Participants will gain an understanding that even well intentioned people have biases and that implicit biases impact what we perceive/see and can, unless prevented, impact what we do. Participants will learn to use tools that will help recognize conscious and implicit biases, and implement unbiased behavioral responses.

Other topics will include Title IX and Clery, collaborations between campus police and student affairs, crafting campus prevention and response programs, social media use in campus safety, and more. 


Develop a network of peers beyond your organization and learn from the nation's leading experts including Alison Kiss, Executive Director of the Clery Center for Security on Campus; Peter Lake, Director of the Center for Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law; and Steven Healy, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Margolis Healy. Make a difference on your college or university campus and take part in this annual conference at the UVM Davis Center in Burlington, Vermont, or via the live Web-streaming option.


For details and to register, visit the UVM Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference webpage. You may also download the anticipated conference agenda (PDF).

Official Launch of the VTV Campus Safety Assessment Tool

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, the VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV) is officially launching the new resource, 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI), at George Mason University in Virginia.  32 NCSI is a series of free, confidential, online self-assessment tools designed to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to provide safe campus communities. 

Further details on 32 NCSI will be provided in next week's Snapshot issue. For more information on the launch, you may visit the 32 NCSI launch webpage.

Senate Hearing on Campus Sexual Assault


On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard testimony from a variety of experts on campus sexual assault and also considered the latest version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (PDF) bill, which has been undergoing revisions since it was first introduced 15 months ago with bipartisan support. The purpose of the hearing, as stated by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), was to "discuss sexual assault on college campuses and legislative proposals aimed at lessening this crime and providing justice for the survivors and alleged perpetrators."  


Chairman of the Senate education committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) asked Sen. Collins to chair the hearing, which included questions and responses from:

  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
  • Mollie Benz Flounlacker, Associate Vice President for Federal Relations, Association of American Universities
  • Dolores Stafford, Executive Director, National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals
  • Dana Bolger, Co-Founder, Know Your IX

In addition, Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kristen Gillibrand, (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Dean Heller (R-NV), highlighted the important points of the new, revised bill but didn't take questions after their testimony.


The three topic areas that received the most attention throughout the hearing were 1) the need for students, and specifically victims of sexual assault, to have confidential advisers available on campus; 2) campuses and local law enforcement need to strengthen cooperation in sexual violence cases particularly through the use of MOUs; and 3) campuses need to better protect the due process rights of the accused. President Napolitano explained that the UC system is currently looking into "what kind of support do we provide to a respondent in addition to a complainant?"


The July 29th hearing is part of a larger series focused on the forthcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Future and previously recorded hearings can be viewed via the HELP website.

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Professional Development Opportunities


Title: Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims - Live Forum Discussion

Host: Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)

Date: August 12, 2015 at 2:00pm Eastern

Location: Online

Fee: Free

Participation Instructions for the Forum


Title: Leading by Legacy Webinar: Motivation

Host: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leading by Legacy Program

Date: August 18, 2015 at 1:00pm Eastern

Location: Online

Fee: Free

Information and Registration


Title: Prevention of, Response to and Recovery from Campus Emergencies (MGT-324)

Host: South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Supported by: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University

Dates: October 14-15, 2015

Location: West Columbia, SC

Fee: Free

Information and Registration (PDF)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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