March 23, 2016
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2016 SAAM campaign: Prevention is Possible!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) defines sexual assault as "any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape." Nationally, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center's (NSVRC) 2016 SAAM campaign, "Prevention is Possible," provides community advocates and campus leaders with a toolkit to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens.
The 2016 campaign offers free, downloadable prevention resources and campaign planning materials that include a campaign brochure; a sexual violence fact sheet; statistics on the impact of sexual violence; and ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action. Many of the SAAM resources are also available in   Spanish.
College and university personnel working with prevention programming may find the resources provided for these previous SAAM campaigns useful:
In support of this important month, we are hosting two webinars in our free series,
Campus Public Safety Online, during the month of April:
  • You Have Options: An Overview of the National Law Enforcement Sexual Assault Reporting Program - On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2 PM ET, Detective Carrie Hull, program director of You Have Options Program (YHOP), and Christia Currie, training and information specialist, will join us to discuss the 20 Elements of the YHOP, as well as the implementation process for participating law enforcement agencies, including sworn campus law enforcement agencies. The deadline to register for this webinar is Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
  • Sexual Assault: Courageous Conversations and Bystander Intervention- On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 2 PM ET, Tom Tremblay, retired police chief of Burlington, VT and national advisor on sexual assault prevention, will advocate for having "courageous community conversations." These conversations must include understanding the realities of the problem, the call for more boys and men to be part of the solution, and expanding our knowledge for more effective bystander intervention.  The deadline to register for this webinar is Friday, April 15, 2016.
Save a seat, for yourself or a group, by   registering   today. We hope you can join us!
Download the RFP (PDF).
NCCPS Request for Proposals
The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is pleased to announce that we are currently seeking competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) submissions for a training consultant/instructional designer or company (TC). The TC will develop five hybrid online/facilitated educational opportunities for the NCCPS Campus Public Safety Certificate Program (the Program). These five courses will form the core courses of the Program.
Proposals are due by May 4, 2016. Please view the full RFP for additional dates in the timeline, requirements, instructions to bidders, a description of the Program, and other important details. 
Defining an Emergency Manager in Light of Flint, Michigan
The lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been making national headlines. It's been a topic amongst presidential candidates, the federal government, and state and local entities. Calls have been made for the resignation of Michigan's governor and the former Flint emergency manager insists he should not be held responsible for the decision to use the Flint River as the city's source of drinking water. But a larger question has started to permeate the conversation, both nationally and internationally. Was Flint's emergency manager a traditional emergency manager, and if not, what was his role?
On March 15, 2016, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which represents more than 5,000 professional emergency managers internationally, including more than 4,200 in the United States, issued a news release (PDF) regarding the negative consequences being generated from the misuse of the term "emergency manager" in Flint.

"One thing must be made absolutely clear: the term 'emergency manager' in the Flint, Michigan, situation refers to a fiscal-only function that bears no relationship to the term as it is commonly and universally used on a national and an international basis," stated Robie Robinson, IAEM-USA president. "In the context of the Flint situation, emergency managers are actually municipal 'emergency financial managers' (EFMs) established by the Michigan legislature and appointed by the governor to oversee jurisdictions in Michigan that are threatened with financial insolvency."

Traditional emergency managers, including college and university emergency managers, work to protect communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters. Using the term "emergency manager" to describe financial managers, as in the Flint case, has created confusion for the general public and a loss of trust for emergency managers nationwide. Robinson noted that this confusion is creating a false impression that emergency managers exist to "cut budgets and reduce costs at the expense of community safety and security."

The following resources and discussion forums provide general emergency management information for those serving higher education institutions and may provide support to campus emergency managers during this challenging time:
  • IAEM's Universities and Colleges Caucus (UCC): The purpose of this caucus is to provide emergency managers from higher education institutions a voice on a national and international scale to ensure their needs are also being addressed by government and industry officials.
  • Disaster Resilient UniversitiesTM (DRU) Network: The mission of DRU is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing between university/college emergency management practitioners charged with making our campuses more disaster resilient
  • REMS Technical Assistance Center: REMS supports schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education (IHEs), with their community partners, in the development of high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs) and comprehensive emergency management planning efforts.
  • Campus Ready from Compiles information including FEMA training opportunities, CERT resources, and guides and handbooks on emergency management.
It's critical that we work to dispel incorrect assumptions about emergency managers so they can continue to promote safer communities, reduce communities' vulnerability to hazards, and help them cope with disasters.
Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title:   Suicide Prevention Legislation and Our Schools: Higher Education Session
Hosted by:   Kognito
Date: March 24, 2016 at 1pm ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free       
Title:   Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Supported by:   The Forum on Education Abroad 
Date: April 15, 2016 from 8am - 12pm MT (registration deadline: April 8)
Location:   Colorado Springs, CO
Fee: Registration Fee
Title:   Academic Adversity - An Active Shooter Consequence Management Tabletop Exercise
Hosted by:   Campus Shield Exercise Initiative
Date: May 20, 2016
Location: Online
Fee: Registration Fee
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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