May 2, 2018
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In an effort to strengthen campuses and community security, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Academic Engagement (OAE) is inviting your institution of higher education (IHE) to become a " If You See Something, Say Something®campaign partner. Since 2016, more than 300 IHEs have partnered with the campaign. By becoming an official campaign partner, your IHE can help empower students in identifying indicators of suspicious activity.
 
The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. Suspicious activity is any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime. These observations include, but are not limited to:
  • Unusual items or situations such as a vehicle is parked in an odd location, package/luggage that is unattended, a window/door is open that is usually closed, or other out-of-the-ordinary situations.
  • A person eliciting information or questioning individuals at a level beyond curiosity about a building's purpose, operations, security procedures, and/or personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Someone observing or surveilling, paying unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (particularly in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g., with binoculars or video camera); taking notes or measurements; counting paces; sketching floor plans, etc. 
Colleges and universities interested in launching a "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign on their campus should email  AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov to express interest and receive files that can be used in print or digital formats, including:
  • 8.5"x11" PDF for printed posters (8 different images in file)
  • 11"x17" PDF for printed posters (8 different images in file)
  • 24"x36" PDF for commercially-printed posters (8 different images in file)
  • Web banners for posting on websites (300x250 and 728x90)
  • Social media graphics (sized for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Trifold brochure PDF (for normal and commercial printing)
Informed, alert communities play an integral role in keeping our nation safe. DHS is committed to creating partnerships with IHEs to strengthen hometown security. Displaying campaign messages and distributing outreach materials on your campus will help increase the reach to students and community members across the nation.
 
Additional DHS campaign-related resources include the  Protect Your Everyday public service announcements (PSAs), designed for everyday citizens, and the Take the Challenge videos, student-focused video PSAs designed to keep our schools and communities safer and raise awareness of the signs of suspicious activity and the steps to report it.

Hazing Prevention Toolkit
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Clery Center and StopHazing Release Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals
 
On April 23, 2018, the Clery Center and StopHazing published Hazing Prevention Toolkit for Campus Professionals® (PDF), a data-driven Hazing Prevention Framework (HPF)© based on principles of prevention science and findings from the Hazing Prevention Consortium (HPC). The HPC includes member universities dedicated to advancing a comprehensive approach and building an evidence base for hazing prevention through a three-year mentoring process with StopHazing's prevention experts.
 
The National Study of Student Hazing (PDF) reports that 55% of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing. Hazing is defined as any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate. It is a complex issue that reflects each campus's culture, therefore a one-size-fits-all solution is not possible.
 
The toolkit examines eight interrelated concepts or processes in the HPF to provide a roadmap for research and practice. These include commitment, capacity, assessment, planning, evaluation, cultural competence, sustainability, and implementation. Dr. Elizabeth Allan, President of StopHazing and professor of higher education at the University of Maine said, "While effective responses to hazing are vital, the toolkit emphasizes activities that prevent hazing before it begins. Designed with campus leaders in mind, it helps guide comprehensive hazing prevention."
 
The toolkit includes a section on each HPF component with a definition, component characteristics, an explanation of why the component is important, and action steps for campus engagement. In addition, users will find sample scenarios that illustrate interconnected components in action, an example of the ongoing, iterative process of the HPF.
 
"While we're making progress, tragedies involving hazing and other campus violence still monopolize headlines. Too often we see the impact of hazing not only on hazing victims, but also on entire campus communities. Our partnership with StopHazing on the We Don't Haze film opened the door to broader collaboration with the shared vision of giving institutions access to valuable tools to proactively address hazing on campus," said Abigail Boyer, associate executive director of the Clery Center.
 
For additional information on hazing, please visit stophazing.org or clerycenter.org.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Verbal De-Escalation
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: May 31, 2018 at 3:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
 
Title: CPN Summit
Organization: Campus Prevention Network (CPN)
Dates: June 6-8, 2018
Location: New Orleans, LA
Fee: Registration fee 
 
Title: SPECTRUM Conference
Organization: The State University of New York
Dates: June 18-21, 2018
Location: Albany, NY
Fee: Registration fee
  
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.
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