May 23, 2018


Access SUNY's visa and immigration resource.       
Violence Against Women Act Visa and Immigration Resources
The State University of New York (SUNY), in partnership with professionals from across the country, prepared a resource that provides immigration and visa information for victims of sexual and interpersonal violence. SUNY, using expert volunteers and the translation service Language Line, has recently translated this resource into 120 languages and is providing copies at no cost to colleges and universities, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The document explains certain aspects of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and provides information to immigrant students who are the victims or survivors of sexual or interpersonal violence. Institutions of higher education (IHE) may provide students and employees with this customized document to demonstrate compliance with the written notification provision of VAWA, and to serve and educate students and scholars who may need this type of assistance.
SUNY emphasizes that while many who study or conduct research in the U.S. understand English, they may benefit from a document that is available in their native language during a time of trauma and stress. In addition to providing translations, SUNY has made it so that colleges and universities may customize this document with information specific their IHE, and then have that customized information automatically inserted in translated versions of this guidance. Campuses using the translations must include an acknowledgment that "translations are the copyright of the State University of New York and are used with permission" and include a link to the Sexual Assault & Violence Response (SAVR) resources web page.
The VAWA visa and immigration resource provided by SUNY is one of the many available on their SAVR resources web page. SUNY's policy is that response to sexual violence and related crimes is driven by the reporting victim/survivor. In creating their SUNY-wide website, they endeavored to make the resources in  their policies accessible to students and other members of the college community in the way that they access content, and not solely in handbooks and policy compilations.  In addition to every SUNY college developing its own website, they created a mobile site to serve as the landing spot for users to find information about resources on-campus, off-campus, near a campus, and anywhere in the state of New York. Visit SUNY's Sexual Violence Prevention Website Toolkit to read more about SUNY's process and access policy and technical information to create a sexual violence response resource website for your campus community.

CUPA-HR 2018
Read the report overview.
Who's Hiring in Higher Ed?
The results are in from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)  2018 Professionals in Higher Education Survey and two areas, "other education" and "safety," were the fastest growing segments in the industry. The survey collected data on 219,175 professionals in 358 mid-level professional positions from more than 1,100 institutions of higher education (IHEs). Data collected included salary, exempt status, gender, race/ethnicity, age, and years in position. This year's survey marks the 21st year of data collection on higher education professionals.
Other education professionals, a category including biostatisticians, statisticians, data scientists, and data analysts, grew by 43%, with data analysts experiencing the largest subsegment growth ---- 282 reported positions in 2017 to 545 in 2018. Safety, which includes police and public safety, increased from 1,077 to 1,403 employees, an increase of 30%. The majority of other growth categories such as facilities, external affairs, and institutional technology saw an average increase of approximately 7%.
"It is not surprising that these are the positions seeing the greatest growth," says Jacqueline Bichsel, CUPA-HR's director of research. "Institutions continue to invest more in analytics for student success and strategic decision-making, so data analysts are in demand. And an increased media focus on sexual assaults and hazing incidents may underlie a need for a greater police presence on campus to respond to or prevent such incidents."
In a recent Chronicle of Education article highlighting the CUPA-HR survey findings, Steven J. Healy, the chief executive of Margolis Healy, noted that "for many, many years we kind of had this idea that 'Those things don't happen on our campuses. We are a learning environment. Everybody who is here on campus is 100% committed to the purpose and mission of the institution, and those bad things won't happen.' I think folks have now moved beyond that 'bad things can't happen.'"

This new thought process may also explain why Sue Riseling, executive director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, suspects more growth is coming from two-year community colleges rather than four-year traditional IHEs, where growth is typically more stable. "It's probably the ones that are going from a handful [of safety officers] to a maybe 24/7 presence," said Riseling.
An overview of the  2018 Professional in Higher Education Survey  (PDF) is available or you may purchase the full survey report online .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: What Law Enforcement Agencies & Justice Professionals Need to Know about the "Lone Wolf"
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: May 31, 2018 at 1:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: SPECTRUM Conference: Preventing & Responding to Violence Against LGBTQI+ Students
Organization: The State University of New York
Dates: June 18-21, 2018
Location: Albany, NY
Fee: Registration fee

Title: L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
Organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute
Dates and Locations:
  • June 26-28, 2018 in Rocky Mount, NC
  • July 17-19, 2018 in Spokane, WA
  • August 7-9, 2018 in Terre haute, IN
Fee: Free

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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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