February 1,
2017

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2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise Topics/Scenario Nominations
    
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning the 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) for institutions of higher education. The NTTX will engage college and university representatives in workshop sessions and a tabletop exercise designed to help prepare participants to respond to a campus emergency. The overall event seeks to enhance knowledge of emergency operations planning, allows participants to improve their own performance, and identifies opportunities to improve capabilities to respond to real events.
 
The DHS Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would like input on topics/exercise scenarios from the higher education and emergency management communities given their equities to and expertise in campus resilience emerging issues and trends impacting colleges and universities. DHS will host the next national event in the fall of 2017.
 
For more details on requirements for submissions, or to submit topic/exercise scenario nominations, please contact OAE at: academicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. Submissions must be received by
Friday, February 24, 2017. Please include the following subject line in your message: 2017 National Event Topic Nomination.

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Download the CollegeAIM guide.
Resource Available for IHEs to Address Harmful and Underage Drinking on Campuses
     
CollegeAIM  (PDF), the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix, is designed to help institutions of higher education (IHEs) make research-based decisions on which intervention strategies are best to help their campuses address alcohol-related problems. This  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism  (NIAAA) resource is the result of a multi-year collaboration among college alcohol intervention researchers, student life professionals, and NIAAA staff. CollegeAIM may help campuses prepare for upcoming spring activities that could involve underage and excessive or harmful drinking.
 
The goals of  CollegeAIM  are to help IHEs:  
  • Identify strategies most likely to reduce drinking and its harmful consequences,
  • See how your current strategies compare with other options,
  • Find new, research-based strategies to consider, and
  • Select a combination of approaches that meets the needs of your students and campus.
Two types of strategies are covered in  CollegeAIM : environmental- and individual-level strategies.  Environmental-level strategies  are designed to change the campus and community environments in which student drinking occurs.  Individual-level strategies  are designed to change students' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to alcohol. All the intervention strategies included in the matrix-based tool have shown some degree of effectiveness, and researchers have found that a mix of the two strategy types will maximize positive effects. Engaging students as early as possible both individually and as a student body is essential to developing a successful action plan.
To maximize  CollegeAIM , it's important to conduct an assessment of the issues on your individual campus. This includes consulting with colleagues, key stakeholders, related departments, and incorporating key data that has been collected related to identified issues.
 
For more information on  CollegeAIM , please visit the  website , which includes FAQs, planning worksheets, and additional supporting resources.

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NCCPS Campus Carry Forum Report Coming This Spring
   
It is essential to campus safety efforts that there is a vehicle for identifying emerging public safety and emergency management challenges and potential solutions. To this end, we serve as a national resource for addressing critical issues in campus public safety through the facilitation of emerging issues forums that convene subject matter experts, practitioners, relevant professional association members, and representatives from government agencies. 
 
In some states, campus carry legislation is a reality, and in several others legislation is pending. In November 2016, we conducted a two-day forum to identify critical issues to consider during the development and implementation of policies and procedures reflecting current legislation regarding campus carry. There were 23 participants in attendance at Collin College in McKinney, Texas representing 20 institutions of higher education and the following three federal agencies: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Participants came from several states and represented campuses of varying types and sizes with diverse cultures and policies. Discussions focused on the challenges and potential solutions associated with policy development, education, culture, training, implementation, communication, law, and evaluation. As a result of this forum, we will produce a white paper that outlines considerations for implementing policy and procedures for campus carry. We anticipate this report will be ready for public dissemination in April 2017.  

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities:
    
Title:  "There's No One I Can Trust" Rethinking Mandatory Reporting Practices
Organization:  National LGBTQ IPV Institute
Date:  February 21, 2017 3:00PM ET
Location:  Online
Fee:  Free
 
Title:  2017 Virginia Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum
Organization:  Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates:  March 6-9, 2017
Location:  Portsmouth, VA
Fee:  Registration fee
 
Title:  Depression on College Campuses Conference: Best Practices & Innovative Strategies
Organization:  University of Michigan Depression Center
Dates:  March 20-21, 2017
Location:  Ann Arbor, MI
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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