December 21,

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NASPA Initiative Releases Results of Pilot Study

This month, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education released a report that confirms the Culture of Respect Engagement (CORE) Blueprint Program, a program devoted to helping institutions to strengthen their response to and prevention of sexual violence on campus, is an effective model to address this issue in higher education. The Culture of Respect CORE Blueprint Program: Findings From a National Pilot Study  (PDF) is the culmination of a year-long pilot study that included participation from 14 public and private institutions of higher education (IHEs). The pilot program was designed "to build campus stakeholders' capacity to make meaningful changes to policies and services, while engaging them in an ongoing process of feedback and reflection."
Culture of Respect, a NASPA initiative that was originally founded in 2013 by the parents of college-aged students who were alarmed by the high rate of sexual assault on college campuses and the lack of comprehensive resources, created the CORE Blueprint. The Core Blueprint was designed to engage students, parents, faculty, administrators, health professionals, athletes, and other campus stakeholders in implementing practices and policies that shift the culture to one free from sexual violence. The six pillars of the CORE Blueprint presents the latest public health research, expert guidance, and promising and emerging practices on how to address campus sexual violence. They include:
  • Survivor support with options on reporting;
  • Clear policies on misconduct, investigation, adjudication, and sanctions;
  • Multi-tiered education for the entire campus;
  • Public disclosure of statistics;
  • School-wide mobilization with student groups and leaders; and
  • Ongoing self-assessment.
The pilot program had three overarching goals: 1) Support IHEs in adopting a multi-stakeholder approach to address campus sexual violence; 2) Facilitate the use of an innovative six-pillar framework using the latest public health research, expert guidance, and promising and emerging practices; and 3) Provide professional development for campus stakeholders, preparing them to make actionable changes across all six pillars.
Results of the pilot study were impressive, particularly regarding progress in enhancing support services for survivors and providing training for campus employees. Complete results can be found in the full report (PDF). Culture of Respect plans to offer the CORE Blueprint Program through a user-friendly online platform in 2017 that will allow for enhanced communication with participants and integrate the skills-based training pilot that participants identified as a need. For more information about the online platform and additional tools that will be available to IHEs, please visit the Culture of Respect website.

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Implicit Bias Evaluation Tool

Everyone has implicit biases, or unconscious beliefs or attitudes about other people based on characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, and age. These biases can influence perception, judgment, and actions. Biases may be formed early in life or take a lifetime to develop, but they are malleable and it is possible to implement unbiased behavioral responses. It is vital for campus safety, residential life, student conduct, law enforcement, and other professionals to address and reduce the influence of implicit bias in order to strengthen or build successful community relations.
Project Implicit ®, a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition or bias, developed a tool to evaluate and understand levels of bias. Individuals may take a free Implicit Association Test (IAT) to measure their own unconscious attitudes and beliefs. Types of available IATs include gender science, sexuality, race, disability, age, and more. Visit this web page to read general information about the IATs.
Project Implicit translates their research into "practical applications for addressing diversity, improving decision-making, and increasing the likelihood that practices are aligned with personal and organizational values." Project Implicit provides lectures and workshops, as well as other professional services for education, health care, law, military, and other sectors. Contact Project Implicit with any questions.  
Additional information and training on implicit biases is available:
  • The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice provide an implicit bias brief (PDF) and a variety of resources such as research, guides, videos, articles, pilot sites, and more.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Title: NYS College and University Emergency Management Workshop
Organization: Binghamton University
Dates: January 5-6, 2017
Location: Binghamton, NY
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Campus Gender-Based Violence
Organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police, Center for Safety & Change, and St. Thomas Aquinas College
Dates: January 18-19, 2017
Location: Sparkill, NY
Fee: Free
Title: Supervising and Managing a Telecommunications Center
Organization: Institute of Police Technology and Management
Dates: January 23-25, 2017
Location: Clearwater, 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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