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Visit the newly launched NCSAM website.
National Campus Safety Awareness Month
September 1, 2016 marks the start of National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM), which first received official support from Congress in 2008. The Clery Center for Security On Campus (Clery Center) has launched a website dedicated to NCSAM and this year's campaign theme, "Moving Forward Together," to  provide professional development resources and opportunities that can help practitioners move forward on their own campuses.
The Clery Center has an extensive series of free webinars scheduled throughout the month, which you can read more about and sign up for online.
  • September 7: FAQs: Annual Security Report
  • September 13: From the Top Down to the Bottom Up: Making Campus Safety an Institution-Wide Priority
  • September 14: Geography
  • September 21: FAQs: Collecting Statistics
  • September 22: Reduce High-Risk Drinking on Your Campus
  • September 28: FAQs: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence & Stalking
  • September 29: The Clery Act & Title IX: Practical Considerations for Coordination and Integration
In addition, a 2016 social media toolkit (PDF) is available for download in their resource library , which also contains sample documents, materials to help share information with your campus community, recommended organizations and resources, and links to important resources such as the recently released the 2016 Clery Handbook (PDF).
Look for the official hashtags, #NCSAM2016 and #movingforwardtogether, on social media sites all month long and join in the conversation. 

Register today!
Free Webinar: Motivational Interviewing for Campus Police
We are pleased to welcome  David Closson, U.S. Army veteran, former campus police officer, and associate for  SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) to  Campus Public Safety Online on  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET . Motivational interviewing has been used since the early 1980s and has proven results in strengthening college students' internal motivation to change their high-risk drinking behavior. David will highlight the benefits of bringing motivational interviewing to the front lines of campus policing, closing the time gap between the incident and the student conduct process, and providing consistent motivational interviewing throughout the entire conduct process.
Visit our website to learn more about this free webinar and register by Friday, September 16, 2016 to reserve one of the limited spaces available. One person may register on behalf of a group; these webinars are ideal for multiple participants from one institution or organization. 

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is a leading cause of death among college and university students in the U.S. Anxiety and depression, two high risk factors for suicide, are the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the latest data included in Penn State's Center for Collegiate Mental Health 2015 Annual Report (PDF). The National Institute of Mental Health estimates approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. Given these statistics, campus suicide prevention efforts should include promoting mental health and suicide awareness, wellness, and treatment; fostering positive dialogue among your community; and creating a supportive environment.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, observed in September, is an opportunity for colleges and universities to promote awareness and prevention throughout the month as students return to campuses to start the new school year. In 2001, the Surgeon General released the first national suicide prevention strategy. As a follow up, Mental Health America and The Jed Foundation convened a panel of leading experts to address the significant impact of suicide on college and university campuses and the need for intervention. The report based on this roundtable, Safeguarding Your Students Against Suicide (PDF), contains checklists and action plans to help administrators assess their campuses' mental health needs in an effort to assist institutions with developing a comprehensive suicide prevention program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Suicide: Prevention Strategies web page provides suicide prevention strategies, effective and promising practices, reviews of preventive interventions, and other resources.
We have compiled several other resources below to help you spread awareness on your campus:
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers crisis and information resources; images and infographics; information on warning signs, risk factors, and prevention; and other resources on their Suicide Prevention Awareness Month web pages. Higher education institutions, organizations, and individuals can take the "stigmafree" pledge to learn about mental health; see people for who they are, not the illness; and take action on mental health issues.
  • The Suicide Prevention Month Ideas for Action (PDF) resource document, provided by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, highlights ways people can get involved with suicide prevention awareness activities and observances throughout September. 
  • Join the global community in observing World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, 2016, by downloading and disseminating research and resources from the International Association for Suicide Prevention. 

Access the training video.
New Transgender Awareness Training Video for Law Enforcement

Every day, campus safety and law enforcement officers work to strengthen collaborative partnerships with diverse communities, including members of the transgender community. One in four transgender persons have been subjected to transphobic violence, according to a study by the U.S. National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). This year alone, NCTE reports there have been 19 transgender homicides.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (CRS) released a new training video that provides officers with respectful, relevant, and informed approaches for engaging transgender individuals.
In promoting best practices, the video defines three important terms: assigned sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Understanding the terminology and major issues facing the transgender community can help rebuild trust and ensure encounters are safe for everyone involved.  
"Transgender Americans, like all Americans, deserve to be treated with courtesy and respect by law enforcement officers," said CRS Acting Director Paul Monteiro. "The information provided in this video will help strengthen the relationship between police and the transgender community, allowing for more effective investigations and safer encounters for officers and citizens alike."
To promote awareness, CRS will be using #TransAwareness on social media and developed infographics that can be found on Facebook and shared online, or printed and distributed to campus communities.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities
Title:  Equity, Trauma and Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention
Organizations: PreventConnect and CALCASA
Date: September 7, 2016 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 2016 National Training Institute
Organization: National Center for Victims of Crime
Dates: September 19-21, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Community Policing Essentials
Organization: Virginia Center for Policing Innovation
Dates: October 4-5, 2016
Location: Dublin, VA
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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