July 31, 2019

Professional Development
Time is Running Out for Virtual Professional Development
For the past year, we've been delighted to offer two Virtual Professional Development (VPD) programs to our stakeholders at no-cost through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Program, U.S. Department of Justice. Unfortunately, this funding has run out and our VPD initiative will be closing down on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.  
The good news is there is still time to take one or both of our programs between now and the end of day, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Both interactive courses take approximately three hours to complete. For more information on each program and to register, click on the appropriate link below. If you have any questions, please contact our team

Understanding and Addressing Implicit Bias 
Every person holds implicit bias or implicit social cognition, defined by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. These associations develop over the course of a lifetime beginning at a very early age through exposure to direct and indirect messages. In addition to early life experiences, the media and news programming are often-cited origins of implicit associations.
A few key characteristics of implicit bias are as follows:
  • Implicit biases are pervasive. Everyone possesses them, even people with avowed commitments to impartiality such as judges.
  • Implicit and explicit biases are related but distinct mental constructs. They are not mutually exclusive and may even reinforce each other.
  • The implicit associations we hold do not necessarily align with our declared beliefs or even reflect stances we would explicitly endorse.
  • We generally tend to hold implicit biases that favor our own ingroup, though research has shown that we can still hold implicit biases against our ingroup.
  • Implicit biases are malleable. Our brains are incredibly complex, and the implicit associations that we have formed can be gradually unlearned through a variety of debiasing techniques.
The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice (National Initiative) is a project to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. It was established in September 2014 by the U.S. Department of Justice with a three-year grant and is coordinated by the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, with partnership from the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School, the Center for Policing Equity at John Jay College and UCLA, and the Urban Institute. The National Initiative's work involves trust-building interventions with police departments and communities and includes reducing the impact of implicit bias and the influence it has in policing.
Implicit racial bias can cause institutions or individuals to act on racial prejudices in spite of good intentions, nondiscriminatory policies, or other standards meant to prevent implicit bias. The majority of implicit bias discussions in law enforcement and campus policing typically tend to center around racial biases, but implicit bias "can be expressed in relation to non-racial factors, including gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation," states the National Initiative. Reducing implicit bias is critically important to strengthening relationships and building trust between police and minority and/or marginalized communities. This is also true on college and university campuses where incidents of campus police brutality and bias have gained increased media attention over the past several years .
President and Co-Founder of the Center for Policing Equity, Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., has shown that it is possible to address and reduce implicit bias through training and policy interventions with law enforcement agencies. Additional research suggests that biased views can be unlearned and replaced with unbiased ones over time.
In 2016, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Vera Institute of Justice released a three-part series, Police Perspectives: Building Trust in a Diverse Nation. The series is dedicated to providing practical, real-life strategies for building relationships of mutual trust between law enforcement agencies and diverse communities. The series includes How to Increase Cultural Understanding (PDF), How to Serve Diverse Communities (PDF), and How to Support Trust Building in Your Agency (PDF).
In addition, the International Association of Chiefs of Police in partnership with COPS, developed the Communities of Color Toolkit based on the results of three focus groups with community stakeholders, frontline officers, and law enforcement executives to discuss building community trust. The toolkit contains successful strategies for building trust, tools for engaging communities of color, sample community surveys, and other resources.
Additional resources on implicit bias and gender bias can be found in previous Weekly Snapshot issues from December 21, 2016 and December 23, 2015.

Register today!
Join Us for Our August 20th Webinar!
On Tuesday, August 20 at 2 PM ET, Campus Public Safety Online welcomes three Title IX experts to present Remaining Trauma-Informed in an Era of Changing Title IX Regulations . Chantelle Cleary (PDF), director for institutional equity and Title IX coordinator at Cornell University, Scott Schneider (PDF), a partner in the Austin, Texas office of Husch Blackwell LLP, and Sam Wilmoth (PDF), Title IX education specialist at West Virginia University (WVU), will present a special 90-minute webinar covering the principles of a trauma-informed investigation, the changing regulatory environment, and the trauma-informed approach beyond investigations.
As regulations and lawsuits alter the Title IX landscape, it can be challenging for Title IX coordinators to keep up. Nevertheless, one thing remains constant: colleges and universities should do everything they can to protect their communities with both a fair investigative process and vibrant prevention education. Good faith attempts to pursue these goals are rarely at odds with the law. 
This webinar is perfect for higher education professionals who take a broad view of Title IX compliance. Chantelle, Scott, and Sam will balance detailed, practical guidance with the realities of broader policy about Title IX-related issues. The instructors will help participants identify when regulatory change alters only our collective floor, encouraging them to reach for the ceiling instead. Topics to be covered include trauma-informed Title IX investigations, critical community partnerships, and coordinating Title IX training efforts on your campus. 
This webinar is appropriate for senior administrators, campus safety and security officers/law enforcement, student conduct/affairs, residential life, Title IX coordinators, general counsel, and victim services.
For more information and to register, please visit our website .

Bike friendly universities by rank
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Is Your Campus Bike Friendly?

On college and university campuses, students and staff not walking to class are probably riding a bicycle. Although there is a presence of skateboards, longboards, electric scooters, and hoverboards on campus, bicycles continue to be the most commonly used form of alternative transportation. Bicycle-friendly campuses need established and communicated bike safety regulations and awareness information.
In 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 783 bicyclists were killed in traffic accidents. When accidents happen between a vehicle and a bike, the cyclist is the one most likely to be injured. NHTSA categorizes two types of crashes: falls and ones with cars. Some important bicycle facts related to crashes include:
  1. Regardless of the season, bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  2. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often in urban areas (75%) compared to rural areas (25%)
  3. Bicyclist deaths were 8 times higher for males than females
  4. Alcohol was involved in 37% of all fatal bicyclist crashes
More specific details about crash times, days of the week, ages, and breakdown by state can be found by downloading the NHTSA's Traffic Safety Facts (PDF).

Each year, The League of American Bicyclists ranks colleges and universities on their bike accessibility or bike friendliness. Each campus must apply and complete a fairly intensive application process that covers the five E's: engineering (designing a safe bike network); education (incorporating bikes into the classroom); encouragement (motivating students to bike with programs and incentives); enforcement (ensuring riders are protected on the road); and evaluation (forming committees to improve cycling on campus). The next deadline for colleges and universities to apply is August 22, 2019.
In 2018, the University of Kentucky was elevated to Gold status (PDF) for the creative incentives it offers to its campus community. For example:
  • The bike voucher program includes a free bike-share membership or $400 to spend at a local bike shop for opting out of a parking pass for two school years.
  • Big Blue Cycles provides students with free access to bike rentals if they sign a one-year commitment not to purchase a parking permit.
Both incentives require students and employees to participate in a safety orientation program. University of Kentucky also has a full-time coordinator to oversee the cycling program on campus.
For additional information on bicycle safety, please revisit our Weekly Snapshot articles from October 25, 2017 and September 9, 2015.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Expert Q&A: Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Victim Services 
Organization: Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center 
Date: August 21, 2019 
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Honoring Our Differences 
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse 
Date: September 17, 2019
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: #RealCollege: A Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity  
Organization: Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice 
Dates: September 28-29, 2019  
Location: Houston, TX  
Fee: Registration fee

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

Virtual Professional Development
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View on-demand, closed captioned webinar recordings on a variety of campus safety topics.
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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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