December 12, 2018

Speaker at rally
Managing Controversial Speakers on Campus
Controversial speakers on campus, and the protests that sometimes accompany them, pose security issues for institutions of higher education. Over the past year, we have published two emerging issues forum reports related to campus protests and demonstrations on campus: Campus Protests and Demonstrations: The Role of Emergency Management and Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
This fall, Campus Safety (CS) released a summary of comments and suggestions that resulted from all three Campus Safety Conferences (CSC) and the in-depth discussion led by Vivian Marinelli, senior director of crisis management services at FEI, a national behavioral health organization that provides resiliency solutions. FEI integrates its mental health expertise and critical incident experience to provide crisis management among other services. During the discussion, CSC attendees shared their challenges and some solutions that have worked for them before and after events.
The summary includes:
  • The identities of the controversial groups involved
  • What steps to take when an event request is received
  • Hosting alternative events
  • Event security and safety planning
  • Time and place considerations
  • Working with other first responders
  • Crowd monitoring and control
  • Managing the media and the influx of calls 
Due to the sensitive nature of this content, CS is only releasing the summary to college and university police chiefs, security directors, emergency managers and high-level administrators who they personally vet. If you wish to receive this document, please email CS Editor-in-Chief Robin Hattersley with your bio, email address, and phone number. The subject line of the message should be "Managing Controversial Speakers."
Please note that this summary is not intended to be used as legal advice. Every campus is different, and each state has its own laws. Before your campus/department makes any changes or adopts any new policies, be sure to consult with your campus legal counsel.
For additional resources on this topic, please visit the NCCPS library and use the search tag "event management." You can also view previous Weekly Snapshot articles on this topic from July 27, 2016August 23, 2017,  and November 1, 2017.

Communities Talk
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Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors national town hall meetings to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention. Since 2006, more than 8,000 SAMHSA-supported town hall meetings have been held across the country. Each year, community-based organizations including community and youth-led coalitions as well as colleges and universities host events nationwide. SAMHSA, together with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking and other national partners, will sponsor the seventh round of  Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking in 2019.
To further increase participation among institutions of higher education (IHEs), SAMHSA developed the  Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities (PDF). The guide includes ideas for the types of groups to include in a campus event, as well as resources and timelines with ideas specific to the unique needs of IHEs. Town hall meetings offer a way to help reinforce an IHEs ongoing commitment to provide a safe and healthy learning environment so that students can succeed in their higher education pursuits.
Planning a successful town hall meeting involves many steps from promoting the event, to planning the event, and evaluating results. The goal is to engage a large number of attendees, move a community to action, gain support from community leaders, and change cultural norms. Visit the success stories webpage to read about the creative ways town hall meeting hosts are engaging their communities in underage drinking prevention and to learn about how these events have led to changes such as passing social ordinances, offering responsible beverage service training, and influencing attendees' behaviors with data.
Additional resources are available for college and university campus leaders on this Communities Talk webpage.

2019 Florida Regional Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Program is hosting the Florida Regional Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education to be held at Florida SouthWestern State College on February 25, 2019. This one-day event will focus on an active shooter incident on campus and include a tabletop exercise and after-action review session.
The event provides participants with insight into planning, preparedness, and resilience best practices for the academic community. Because emergency planning involves coordination from across an institution of higher education (IHE), DHS recommends a team of senior leaders representing various functions (public safety, leadership, student life, communications, etc.) attend from each IHE. Each IHE will be limited to a maximum of seven participants.  Registration is open and limited to the first 100 registrants. One registration form must be submitted per attendee.
There is no cost to attend or present at this event. Participants and presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and per diem expenses. For more information on the Regional Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education series, please visit

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Make it Work With What You've Got: Maximizing Your Resources for Impactful Programming - Part 1
Organization: State University of New York
Date: January 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 29th Annual National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA's 15th Prevention Day
Organization: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Dates: February 4-7, 2019
Location: National Harbor, MD
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Event Security Planning for Public Safety Professionals (MGT 335)
Organization: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Dates: February 14-15, 2019
Location: Wildwood, FL
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

Virtual Professional Development
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Emerging Issues Forum Reports
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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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