August 10,
2016

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The Weekly Snapshot                            
Your source for the latest tips, information, and current campus safety resources from the NCCPS.                       

New NCCPS Institutes Scheduled!
 
We are excited to announce additional public offerings of our Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute (the Institute):
The Institute is open to representatives from institutions of higher education and their local partners involved in the investigation and adjudication of sexual and gender-based violence reports on campus. We encourage representation from your campus/community multi-disciplinary teams. Discounts are available for institutions registering five or more participants at the same time. Space is limited, a design intended to promote learner success through more in-depth engagement with our faculty, so register today to save your seat!
 
Stay tuned for upcoming Institute dates in future  Weekly Snapshot bulletins and  contact us  or check out our  website  for additional information.

The Rise of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Higher Education
 
Troubling new data shows that the number of anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses nearly doubled between 2014 and 2015, rising to 90 incidents on 60 campuses from 47 incidents on 43 campuses. These campus incidents accounted for 10 percent of all total incidents in the U.S. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a civil rights agency that fights anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, released the figures, which they have tracked in their annual  Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents for four decades.
 
Comparable numbers for the U.S. as a whole were not as disconcerting with a 3 percent rise overall in anti-Semitic incidents, which consist primarily of harassment, threats, and vandalism. However, the most violent category, assault, showed the steepest increase, more than 50 percent, from 36 incidents in 2014 to 56 in 2015.
 
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO said in a news release, "We are disturbed that violent anti-Semitic incidents are rising. And we know that for every incident reported, there's likely another that goes unreported. So even as the total incidents have remained statistically steady from year to year, the trend toward anti-Semitic violence is very concerning."
 
The ADL noted that they have witnessed an increase in online hate, particularly through social media platforms. Greenblatt said, "The issue has grown exponentially in recent years because the Internet provides racists and bigots with an outlet to reach a potential audience of millions. We plan to adapt future versions of the Audit to account for such online harassment."
 
Today, more than 100 colleges and universities have Bias Response Teams in place, while the majority of institutions have a method to report a bias incident, which is a requirement of the Clery Act. Bias Response Teams, commonly known by their acronyms (BRT), (BERT), (BIRT), or (BART) depending on the campus, are typically composed of campus administrators who are responsible for supporting and guiding students who have witnessed or been involved in a bias incident. A bias incident is an offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by the offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity but may not rise to the level of a crime.
 
The federal government addressed hate crimes and bias incidents on campus in two publications released in the early 2000s. Hate crimes are generally defined as crimes (traditional offenses such as murder, arson, etc.) that, in whole or part, are motivated by the offender's bias toward the victim's status. Hate Crimes on Campus: The Problem and Efforts to Confront It (PDF) was released in 2001 by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and was part of their Hate Crimes Series. The publication discusses five common problems and promising practices to address them.
 
In 2003, the Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (CRS) published Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias-Motivated Incidents on College/University Campuses. The CRS works with public and private secondary schools, colleges, and universities in all 50 states and United States' territories "to ease tension and promote safe and equitable learning environments." For more information on how the CRS may assist your institution, contact them by email, askcrs@usdoj.gov or by phone, (202) 305-2935.
 
To learn more about the disclosure of hate crimes and the reportable categories of bias under the Clery Act, campus administrators, campus safety officers, and other related employees should review the 2016 edition of the Clery Handbook (PDF), which replaces all previous versions and should be the only guidance used moving forward.

Learn more about the webinar.
Registration Closes This Week for Our Next Free Webinar!

We are delighted to welcome Kathleen C. Basile, Ph.D. to Campus Public Safety Online to present Applying the Best Available Research Evidence to Build Comprehensive Strategies for Sexual Violence Prevention. Kathleen serves as the Lead Behavioral Scientist of the Sexual Violence and Child Maltreatment Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and is a subject matter expert for sexual violence definitions, research, evidence-based prevention strategies, and surveillance. Most recently, Kathleen joined us in Washington, D.C. for our first annual Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Conference where she presented on this topic.
 
Eliminating sexual violence on college campuses and their communities requires a comprehensive approach to primary prevention based on the best available research evidence. On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 2:00PM ET, Dr. Basile will discuss the latest research on sexual violence.  Registration closes on Friday, August 12, 2016 . We hope you are able to join us!

The Use of Environmental Intervention in Limiting Excessive Alcohol Use

Colleges and universities across the country are preparing for their campuses to once again bustle with students. Every year, this excitement is accompanied by the return of challenges associated with excessive alcohol use. While there are various strategies that institutions of higher education have utilized for decades, additional research now indicates how environmental intervention can be effective in limiting excessive alcohol use. Alcohol Risk Management in College Settings: The Safer California Universities Randomized Trial (PDF), developed by the Prevention Researched Center (PRC) and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, sought to determine whether "environmental prevention strategies targeting off-campus settings would reduce the likelihood and incidence of student intoxication at those settings."
 
The environmental intervention plan utilized during this study was the Safer University Program, which aims to reduce excessive drinking and intoxication at off-campus locations near the college by enhancing enforcement of laws. The Action Plan of this program is comprised of four major components, including DUI Check Points, Compliance Checks, Party Patrols, and a Visibility Campaign. Additionally, the program offers a Management Plan. Structured as seven meetings, the management plan is "designed to move campuses through the planning and implementation stages quickly." 
 
An outline of the suggested meeting schedule of the management plan is as follows:

1. Planning Meeting #1       
2. Planning Meeting #2       
3. Moving to Implementation         
4. Pilot Party Patrol  

5. Readiness Meeting
6. Implementation Check-In
7. Mid-Course Correction
In an experimental trial involving 14 large public universities, the Safer University Program resulted in the reduction of intoxication at off-campus parties and local bars. The study claims that the impact was "equivalent to 6,000 fewer incidents of intoxication at off-campus parties and 4,000 fewer incidents at bars & restaurants during the fall semester at Safer intervention schools relative to controls."
 
Environmental prevention strategies directed towards locations where the majority of excessive drinking occurs in your community may help reduce the incidence and likelihood of . In addition to the Safer University Program, Environmental Strategies to Prevent Alcohol Problems on College Campuses (PDF), developed by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, offers a more in depth examination of environmental management and additional strategies to preventing risky drinking behavior on and off your campus.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Full Faith and Credit 101
Host: Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)
Date: August 24, 2016 at 1:00PM CT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
 
Title: Terrorism Response Tactics: Active Shooter Level I
Host: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
Dates: September 7-8, 2016
Location: Sykesville, MD
Fee: Free
 
Title: Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses (AWR-332)
Host: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC)
Date: September 8, 2016
Location: Lansing, MI
Fee: Free


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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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