February 7, 2018

Upcoming HBCU-LEEA Conference

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as: "...any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation." A list of the current HBCUs can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics website. 

Chief Arthur J. (A.J.) White of the Clark Atlanta University Police Department took the first steps to creating an organization that would speak to the needs and issues of law enforcement administrators at HBCUs. An organizational idea for HBCU law enforcement was present in Atlanta for years and a meeting was held in the summer of 1999 to discuss issues relevant to HBCU institutions.The group fashioned a new organization and elected Chief White to the office of president of the newly formed HBCU-Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators (HBCU-LEEA). The following year Chief White prepared the first official meeting of HBCU-LEEA to establish the organization of police executives and security directors from HBCU institutions around the country. The HBCU-LEEA is a member organization whose mission is to "protect and secure all students, faculty, staff and guests of all HBCU institutions." With the goal of engaging each of the more than 100 HBCU institutions and providing training, education, and fellowship opportunities, the HBCU-LEEA has been a consistent resource for professionals in the field. 

One of the main mechanisms for providing training, education, and fellowship opportunities is the Annual Training Conference. HBCU-LEEA's training conferences and network of professionals support policing specifically in the higher education environment and focus considerable time and energy on engaging minority students.Typical attendees of the Annual Training Conference include campus safety professionals, administrators, emergency managers, and senior officials. Previous conference topics have included managing protests and demonstrations, terrorism on college campuses, continuity of operations in a post-Hurricane Katrina era, social media, and hot topics with the Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Education.

The tentative agenda (PDF) for the 19th Annual Training Conference, being held July 16-20, 2018 in Charlotte, NC, comprises a variety of topics including:
  • Collaborative partnerships on and off campus,
  • Clery Act and Title IX updates,
  • Planning for mass casualty events, and
  • Addressing violent crime on campus.
You do not have to be a member to attend. Planning is underway and information will be added to the website as it becomes available.

The National Center for Campus Public Safety has worked closely with the HBCU-LEEA over the years to facilitate important conversations for the community. You can find the products of those discussions on our website in the following reports: A National Conversation on Police and Community Interactions on HBCU Campuses, Managing Student Mental Health at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and our soon to be released document Managing Protests and Demonstrations.

Download the report.
Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities
On January 30, 2018 the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency charged with advising the president, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities, released the report: Not on the Radar: Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities (PDF). This study set out to investigate the current state of campus sexual assault programs and policies and uncovered multiple barriers to students with disabilities, from reporting crime to receiving needed assistance afterward.
People with different disabilities may face varying challenges and have unique needs. Some disabilities may put people at higher risk for crimes such as sexual assault or abuse. In many instances, offenders target individuals with developmental disabilities because of their perceptions of them as vulnerable, their personality profile, or their lack of training in the care of individuals with disabilities. In addition, some offenders are themselves afflicted with a developmental disability. Results of the 2009-2015 National Crime Victimization Survey show that the rate of rape/sexual assault against persons with disabilities (2.1 per 1,000 age 12 or older) was 3.5 times the rate for persons without disabilities (0.6 per 1,000) during 2011-15. Responses to a 2015 survey of institutions of higher education conducted by the Association of American Universities found that students with a disability had higher rates of victimization. Over thirty-one percent (31.6%) of female undergraduates with a disability reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation compared to 18.4% of undergraduate females without a disability.
The NCD report includes recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve reporting requirements, training, and policies and procedures to better serve students with disabilities who have experienced sexual assault on campus. The findings and recommendations are the product of interviews with experts on sexual assault on college campuses and sexual abuse against people with disabilities, disability services administrators, Title IX coordinators, and sexual assault services administrators as well as two national questionnaires that included college students with disabilities. Some of the key recommendations for colleges include:
  • Develop and implement sexual assault prevention and support service training with messaging campaigns that are inclusive and welcoming to students with disabilities on college campuses.
  • Provide disability-related and trauma-informed practice training to prevention and first responder staff and campus security so that they understand how to effectively prevent and support students with disabilities after an incident of sexual assault.
  • Establish and maintain active collaborative relationships between Title IX, sexual assault services, counseling and health services, and disability services.
  • College Disability Service Center staff should be actively involved in college sexual assault prevention and support efforts and receive training on Title IX procedures.
  • If colleges are using White House Task Force guidelines to enhance services and programs, ensure that disability services, organizations for student with disabilities, and academic fields related to disability are included in discussions and the development of recommendations.
A complete listing can be found in chapter 8 beginning on page 65.
The following resources may help campus professionals when reviewing and updating campus policies and practices to ensure access to sexual assault supports and services and to address the unique needs of survivors of sexual assault with disabilities:

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: 9th Annual HBCU Foreign Policy Conference
Organization: US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs
Date: February 16, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Free
Title: 2018 National DRU Network Summit
Organization: Disaster Resilient Universities
Dates:  July 4-5, 2018
Location: Eugene, OR
Fee:  Registration fee
Title: 19th Annual Training Conference
Organization: HBCU-LEEA
Dates: July 16-20, 2018
Location: Charlotte, NC
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.