May 9, 2018

Intervene Bystander Campaign
Learn more about Intervene.
Intervene: Cornell University's Award-Winning Bystander Program
Intervene is a bystander intervention program that includes a 20-minute online video and a 60-minute in-person workshop. It was developed by the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, a unit within Cornell Health at Cornell University, in collaboration with the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble. "The staff of the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives engaged in a campuswide collaborative process to receive input from students, faculty and student affairs colleagues as they developed scenarios for this video," said Kent W. Bullis, executive director for Cornell Health. Nearly 50 Intervene workshops have been held on the Cornell campus, reaching more than 5,000 students. This video is also intended to be a useful tool for campuses across the country. Currently, 20 other colleges and universities have used Intervene on their campuses.
The video and workshop are grounded in public health research and social behavior theories, and have been rigorously evaluated to assess their effectiveness in increasing peer bystander intervention. The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives conducted a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of the video as a stand-alone intervention among undergraduate and graduate students. They also conducted a pilot evaluation of the workshop among undergraduate students. After four weeks, students who watched the stand-alone video reported a higher likelihood to intervene for most situations compared to a control group who did not view the video. The workshop was effective at increasing students' likelihood to intervene for most situations as measured in the follow-up survey.
The video, often paired with the workshop, models effective student bystander interventions in incidents of alcohol emergencies, bias, emotional distress, hazing, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. The video is designed to build upon existing educational programming that occurs during orientation events so that undergraduate, graduate, and professional college students will have had some exposure to the campus social environment when they participate in the Intervene program. Secondary audiences for  Intervene include university staff, faculty, parents, alumni, and other academic institutions. The workshop provides an opportunity for students to view the video with others and engage in a facilitated conversation to reflect upon the attitudes and behaviors that influence the process of intervening as an individual or with assistance. Participants also discuss additional related scenarios not included in the film.
In the collaborative spirit of cultivating college health and well-being, Cornell has made the video (available to view and share, not for download), one-page program overview (PDF), and facilitator discussion guide (PowerPoint) available to the public at no cost. Considerations for bringing Intervene to your campus include:
  • Evaluating whether Intervene fits with your existing bystander initiatives.
  • Assessing if Intervene aligns with your current campus initiatives on the featured topics.
  • Connecting with the campus stakeholders who could become the champions of this initiative.
  • Thinking strategically about which student groups would benefit most from the program.
  • Ensuring workshop facilitators understand their roles as both presenter (delivering knowledge and information) and facilitator (guiding groups toward self-reflection and understanding and acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, and skills).
  • Preparing a variety of potential responses to questions or concerns that individuals, groups, or campus departments might have in relation to video/workshop content or campus implementation. 
In lieu of payment, the developers ask others to consider evaluating the success of this program in various settings across the nation. Those interested in helping can complete a short form that asks how your college or university plans to use  Intervene.
Since its creation in 2016, Intervene has received several awards for its innovative and evidence-based approach to addressing college health concerns.

Save the Date: 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education
On September 24-25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is holding the 2018 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) at the University of Texas at San Antonio Student Union. This event will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise, and an after-action review session on preparing participants to respond to a campus emergency. This year's event will focus on threats of campus disorder during a large event.
The event seeks to provide participants with insight into planning, preparedness, and resilience best practices for the academic community. DHS recommends a team of 3 to 5 senior leaders representing various functions (public safety, security and law enforcement, academic affairs, student life, communications, etc.) attend from each institution. Representatives from federal departments and agencies that support campus resilience will also participate.
Registration for the 2018 NTTX will open in late June. Space is limited to the first 400 participants. Additional information on the 2018 NTTX along with FAQs and details on past events can be found on the DHS website. For more information, contact the Office of Academic Engagement at

NFPA 3000
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National Fire Protection Agency Releases New Standard for Active Shooter/Hostile Events
On May 1, 2018, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) announced the  NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, the result of a 46-member NFPA Technical Committee on Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response that was convened after the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in 2016. The release of NFPA 3000 marks only the second time in NFPA's 122-year history that they have issued a provisional standard (PS). Provisional standards are developed in an expedited process to address an emergency situation or other special circumstance.
NFPA 3000 addresses all aspects of integrated community preparedness, response, and recovery through processes that include identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery. "The NFPA 3000 process, from start to finish, has been an exceptional example of emergency responders and other safety-focused practitioners swiftly coming together to provide invaluable perspective and address a significant threat in our world," NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said. "The proactive, integrated strategies recommended and defined in NFPA 3000 will go a long way in helping communities plan, respond and recover from active shooter and hostile events."
The NFPA Technical Committee included representation from law enforcement, the fire service, emergency medical services, hospitals, emergency management, private security, private business, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, International Association of Police Chiefs, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and many more. Committee members provided job-specific insight and real-world observations from mass shootings and fatalities at Mandalay Bay Resort, Pulse Nightclub, Sandy Hook Elementary, the Sikh Temple, the Boston Marathon, and other less publicized events.
Visitors can find the following available on the NFPA website:
  • Download the free fact sheet on NFPA 3000.
  • NFPA 3000: softbound books are available for purchase or free digital views are available.
  • View a 2.35-minute video about NFPA 3000 that includes interviews with representatives from Sandy Hook, the Sikh Temple, Pulse Nightclub, and Technical Committee members.
  • Download a free NFPA 3000 Readiness Assessment. The assessment will guide you through a short series of questions to help you determine your level of preparedness when it comes to planning for, responding to, and recovering from an active shooter/hostile event.
  • Register for online learning. The first NFPA 3000 online course is designed to help participants develop an effective and integrated plan. Additional courses addressing response and recovery will be rolled out in June and August. Government employees qualify for a special rate.
  • Subscription options: Subscribe to NFPA 3000. A subscription allows you to access NFPA from a laptop, PC, or mobile device. You can search, create bookmarks, and print chapters or sections. You may use document citations for publications and you will receive any new updates or editions during your subscription period. Multiple options exist including 1 year, 3 year, and subscription plus print.
In addition, the IAEM 66th Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan has announced a spotlight session with members of the NFPA Technical Committee. Registration for the conference opens in early June with more information available on the conference website.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: NFPA Conference & Expo
Organization: National Fire Protection Association
Dates: June 11-14, 2018
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Fee: Registration fee
Title: MGT-324: Campus Emergencies Prevention, Response, and Recovery
Organization: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training
Date: June 22, 2018
Location: Miami, FL
Fee: Free
Information and Registration (email Matthew Shpiner )
Title: New Hampshire Campus Safety Academy
Organization: New Hampshire Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Dates: August 1-3, 2018
Location: Nashua, NH
Fee: Registration fee

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