July 12, 2017

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Newly Scheduled NCCPS Institutes: Register For One Near You

It's been an exciting year since we launched our  Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Institute (NCCPS Institute) in July 2016. Now in our second year of delivery, we are pleased to continue public regional offerings of our groundbreaking curriculum that includes 15 topics ranging from understanding the effects of trauma to investigative strategies. To learn more detailed information about the topics covered each of the four days, please read our  module synopses (PDF).

The NCCPS Institute provides college and university administrators involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual misconduct cases information and resources necessary to conduct fair and balanced investigations that consider the potential impact of trauma and are in line with evolving practices. Objectives for the NCCPS Institute are to:
  • Train participants how to conduct fair and balanced Title IX investigation and adjudication processes for all parties;
  • Explain the intricacies and crossovers of Title IX, the Clery Act, criminal investigations, and institutional obligations;
  • Identify the effects of trauma and how trauma might impact victims;
  • Consider the effect of culture on all parties; and
  • Identify and apply industry-evolving practices to conduct a trauma-informed investigation from disclosure and first response to adjudication.
The curriculum design allows for individuals and teams to learn collaboratively. Campus officials and partners who may make up a team include Title IX coordinators, administrative investigators, hearing and appeals board members, student conduct and student affairs professionals, residential life staff, human resources personnel, deans of students, advocates, legal counsel, campus safety and law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and other community partners. 
Visit our NCCPS Institute web page to read testimonials and learn more about the origins of the NCCPS Institute, or access the individual registration pages below for fee details, discounts, and logistics:
Please  contact us with questions about locations or registration. We look forward to seeing you!

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There's Still Time to Register for Our Free Clery and Title IX Webinar
We are pleased to welcome Clery Center Executive Director  Alison Kiss to discuss the Top 5 Challenges with the Clery Act and Title IX. This webinar, the next in our Campus Public Safety Online series, will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 2:00-3:00PM ET and is appropriate for those with all levels of Clery Act knowledge. Space is limited and registration is required. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your peers and colleagues. You are welcome to register one person on behalf of many and participate as a group from your institution.
Based on years of experience working with colleges and universities throughout the country, Alison will focus on five key Clery Act challenges. She will address specific areas such as timely warning policies and procedures, coordination between departments, and current findings through the Department of Education's (ED) Clery Act Compliance Team program reviews, as well as voluntary resolution agreements through ED's Office for Civil Rights. Participants will learn ways to engage the campus community, when necessary, and how to identify solutions for challenges discussed.

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Hate Crime Victimization Report Issued by BJS

Last month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) published the annual report,  Hate Crime Victimization, 2004-2015 (PDF), covering the years 2004-15. Findings come primarily from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which began hate crime data collection in 2003, coupled with information from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Statistics Program. The Hate Crimes Statistics Act defines hate crimes as those "that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity." For this report, "hate crime victimization refers to a single victim or household that experienced a criminal incident believed to be motivated by hate." For violent crimes, including rape or sexual  assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault, and for personal larceny, the count of hate crime victimizations is the number of individuals who experienced a violent hate crime. Burglary, motor vehicle theft, and other thefts count as a single victimization against a household.
Since 2004, U.S. residents aged 12 and older experienced an average of 250,000 hate crime victimizations each year. Statistically, there has been no significant change in these numbers to date. For a crime to be classified as a hate crime in the NCVS, at least one of three types of evidence must be reported by the victim: the offender used hate language; the offender left behind hate symbols; or police investigators confirmed the incident was a hate crime. In the period 2011-15, nearly all hate crime victims (98.7%) cited hate language as evidence the crime was motivated by hate. During this same period, nearly half (48%) of all hate crimes were motivated by racial bias with Hispanics experiencing the highest rate of hate crime victimization. Although hate crimes motivated by racial bias decreased between 2007 and 2015, those motivated by gender bias nearly doubled during that period from 15% to 29%. It is important to note that federal hate crime legislation was amended in 2009 to apply to crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Hate crime victimizations are nearly twice as likely than nonhate crimes to take place at a school (13.6% vs. 7%). Slightly more than half (54.2%) of hate crimes were not reported to police between 2011-15. Violent nonhate (28%) crimes reported to police were nearly three times more likely to result in an arrest than violent hate (10%) crimes, and nearly one-quarter (23%) of hate crime victims who did not report "believed that police would not want to be bothered or to get involved, would be inefficient or ineffective, or would cause trouble for the victim."
For more information about this report, please contact Kara McCarthy at the Office of Justice Programs or read the BJS news release. Two additional resources on hate crimes include Hate Crimes (PDF), a problem-specific guide from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Hate Crimes on Campus: The Problem and Efforts to Confront It (PDF), a monograph released by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  2017 Campus and University Police and Investigators Conference
Organization: George Mason University
Dates: August 1-4, 2017
Location: Fairfax, VA
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Behavioral Threat Assessment & Threat Management Training
Organization: SIGMA Threat Management Associates
Date: August 18, 2017
Location: Reno, NV
Fee: Registration fee

Title: Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (MGT-418)
Organization: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Dates: October 30-31, 2017
Location: Plantation, FL
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar.

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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.