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Joint Intelligence Bulletin: Officer Safety Alert 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) have released a joint intelligence bulletin entitled: (U//FOUO) Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Online Supporters Continue to Encourage Attacks Against Law Enforcement and Government Personnel.

 

This intelligence bulletin is an update to previously disseminated information and "highlights the potential for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) US-based supporters to carry out attacks on law enforcement and US government personnel in light of ongoing reports of plots targeting law enforcement and government personnel and the events in Paris, France, last week." The potential violence is not specific to one group of law enforcement, and an individual(s) displaying violent behaviors may not distinguish between sworn and non-sworn campus public safety or law enforcement officials. The bulletin is intended to "support the activities of FBI, DHS, and NCTC to assist federal, state, and local government counterterrorism and law enforcement officials, first responders, and private sector security partners in effectively deterring, preventing, preempting, or responding to terrorist attacks against the United States."

 

Information contained in this intelligence bulletin is for official use only. If you are a campus public safety or law enforcement official and would like to request a copy, please contact us. 
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Study Abroad Health and Safety 
 
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) involved with student travel seek to protect the health and safety of those participating in international educational opportunities. Study abroad administrators say that a majority of common illnesses and incidents experienced by those participating in overseas programs are behavior-induced making them preventable through proactive measures. The NAFSA: Association of International Educators Newsletter article, "Safety in Study Abroad: How Much More Can Programs Do to Protect Students?" provides information on safety and health strategies from individuals who have "created or implemented crisis plans themselves in a variety of overseas contexts." Although there is no "one size fits all" solution due to the major variations among the types and formats of programs offered, the sizes and institutional cultures of IHEs, and the cultural contexts in which these international programs occur, there are emerging promising practices that are being shared amongst IHEs. One such promising practice recommends that study abroad administrators provide appropriate, integrated pre-departure and on-site health and safety training. A review of study abroad literature suggests that on-site orientations are more effective, especially when combined with an initial orientation followed by regular and ongoing training. We have compiled a list of resources on our website to assist IHEs with creating or updating study abroad resources such as student orientation programs, crisis management plans and handbooks.
Professional Development Opportunities

 

Title: The Intersection of Stalking and Sexual Assault  

Host: Legal Momentum's National Judicial Education Program    

Dates: January 28, 2015 at 3 PM EST   

Location: Online  

Fee: Free
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Title: Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus 

Hosted and Supported By: Institute of International Education   

Dates: March 20, 2015   

Location: New York, NY   

Fee: Registration Fee
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Title: NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference: New Horizons in International Education   

Supported By: NAFSA   

Dates: May 24-29, 2015   

Location: Boston, MA     

Fee: Registration Fee
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