August 21, 2019

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month
NCSAM logo This September marks the 11 th annual observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), a month-long awareness campaign that first launched in 2008 by the Clery Center with unanimous support from Congress. This year's campaign theme, Bridging the Gap, focuses on campus safety prevention and response work that is commonly confused or misunderstood. More specifically, requirements and recommendations about what should be done can be different from what actual actions are taken, and this NCSAM the Clery Center seeks to resolve this confusion.

This year, the Clery Center is focused on supplying answers that provide greater understanding of Clery Act requirements and strategies for implementing those obligations, ranging from sharing strategies about dating violence prevention to distinguishing the differences between timely warnings and emergency notification. The key to effectively addressing campus safety is to bridge the gap between theory or requirements and practice.
Similar to prior NCSAM years, Clery Center is offering four free webinars offered throughout the month from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. Registration is required, and all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar. You may also submit questions to Laura Egan in advance of each webinar by the noted deadlines and they will be answered during the session. The webinars include:
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11: Statement of Policy or Description of Practice? What Should be in Your ASR (questions due by Sept. 10)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18: Using Evidence to Implement Real Change: Improving Campus Safety Practices (questions due by Sept. 16)
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: Improving Your Clery Act Reporting Procedures (questions due by Sept. 18)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25: Evaluating Your Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program: Biennial Reviews (questions due by Sept. 24)
Visitors to the NCSAM website can also find previous campaign materials, important documents and resources such as the 2016 "Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting," final regulations for the 2014 VAWA amendments to the Clery Act, and the 2017 Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter.
Use the official hashtag, #NCSAM19, and tag @CleryCenter in your social media messages all month long or follow the conversation to learn more.

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Get Ready for Hazing Prevention Week

National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) takes place September 23-27, and is an opportunity for university and college campuses, K-12 schools, communities, organizations, and individuals to join together and raise awareness about hazing, educate others about hazing's impact, and ways to prevent it.
HazingPrevention.Org (HPO), a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others, is the sponsor and organizer of NHPW. HPO encourages everyone to make hazing prevention an everyday activity rather than a focus for just one week out of the year.
This year, students, staff, faculty, community members and others can start NHPW by taking the hazing prevention pledge. The 2019 Resource and Planning Guides for colleges and high schools are available to help plan for NHPW. The College Edition provides information about hazing and how to identify it; four steps people can take to stay safe and how to report an incident; articles from educators and scholars that include trauma, the intersection between hazing and sexual assault, and bystander intervention; and ways to promote NHPW events. An on-demand webinar for NHPW planning is also available for viewing.
HPO provides a variety of resources and support services for schools and organizations looking to introduce or improve their hazing prevention programming. These include:
  • Two online hazing prevention options: Prevent.Zone, which includes multiple course offerings such as Hazing Prevention 101 and Fraternity Sorority Life and Hazing Prevention: It's Everyone's Responsibility.
  • The Hazing Blog, which provides news and scholarly citations by Hank Nuwer, a founding board member of HPO who has an academic specialty in hazing as an international social issue.
  • HPO's online store where campuses can find hazing prevention kits, informational brochures and custom pamphlets, posters, and other hazing prevention materials.
  • On-site speaking engagements, consulting, and training with HPO expert facilitators and speakers who have background and expertise in the specific needs of athletes, team dynamics, recreational sports, Greek life, and cultural competency.
To stay connected to HPO, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , or subscribe to their email newsletter. For questions about trainings, programs, events, or other items, please contact HPO's specific team member.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Breakthrough Strategies: Beyond the First Year Student Experience
Organization: EVERFI
Date: September 19, 2019 
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristic behaviors, challenges, and tips for successful interactions for Justice Professionals
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse 
Date: November 14, 2019
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Marathon Safety and Security Summit  
Organization: National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)
Dates: December 10-12, 2019  
Location: Orlando, FL    
Fee: Registration fee

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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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