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NCCPS Webinar Registration Closes in Two Days!
There is still time to register for the next webinar in our free
Campus Public Safety Online series, scheduled for Tuesday, November 10th at 1pm ET.
Managing External Relations and Off-Campus Conduct will feature four engaging speakers  from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. These experienced public safety officials will discuss managing external relations and off-campus conduct and how the VCU Police Department has worked strategically with campus partners such as neighboring community and student groups, property-owners, local police, and city stakeholders to address the issues.
Spaces are limited so please register today to hold your seat. Registration is required and closes Friday, November 6. Please visit the webinar web page for more information. Use our official webinar hashtag, #NCCPSwebinar, to share information about our webinar on social media. We hope you can join us!
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Behavioral Threat Assessment 

Whether rural or urban, large or small, private or public, community/technical or four-year traditional, many higher education institutions have one or more teams with a purpose of identifying and intervening with students, faculty and staff who may pose a threat to themselves or others. These multi-disciplinary groups are trained in threat assessment and threat management and go by names such as Threat Assessment Teams, Behavioral Intervention Teams, or Case Management Teams. These campus teams have the ability to identify and monitor students whose behaviors may be troubling allowing an opportunity to engage them sooner rather than later, so that they can receive needed referrals or other appropriate assistance and treatment.
Beginning in October 2015, the University of Vermont partnered with the National Center for Campus Public Safety to bring a Campus Public Safety Track to the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Last month at the conference, Dorian Van Horn, Senior Consultant, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, provided an overview of threat assessment and threat management and reviewed guiding principles and best practices during her session. For those who were unable to attend, links to Ms. Van Horn's presentation slides and other valuable resources shared as part of the presentation are provided below:
  • Paper on Threat Assessment/Threat Management written by Ms. Van Horn for the conference. This includes key investigative questions to assist in deciding where a person exhibiting behaviors of concern might be on the violent idea to violent action continuum.
  • Chapter on "Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking on Campus: Going Beyond Legal Compliance to Enhance Campus Safety" from the book Emerging Issues in College and University Campus Security. "First, this chapter outlines applicable legal requirements and the rationale therefor, and comments and provides guidance on those requirements. Second, the chapter goes beyond a discussion of basic compliance to explain how colleges and universities can use campus threat assessment and management techniques to enhance the safety of intimate partner violence and stalking victims, and the campus community as a whole."
  • Presentation on Basic Threat Assessment and Violence Prevention. 
Existing and new campus teams should consider their unique cultures when assessing and devising their structure, scope, functions, and day-to-day operations. Several resources are available to assist colleges and universities in making these informed decisions.  The Handbook for Campus Threat Assessment & Management Teams  and  Implementing Behavioral Threat Assessment on Campus: A Virginia Tech Demonstration Project have both been referenced in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved national standard and new federal guides as best practices in campus threat assessment.  Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams "summarizes the existing literature on campus teams and suggests some of the key issues that should be considered when creating or managing a campus team. The guide may be particularly useful to new teams considering various options for how they should be organized and led, but should also be helpful to existing teams interested in assessing their current functions, operations, or emphases." This guide includes examples from existing campus teams and suggestions made by members of an expert Advisory Board. 
Celebrating 25 Years with the Clery Center
On Friday, November 13, 2015, the Clery Center for Security on Campus will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jeanne Clery Act with a day-long event, Looking Back, Moving Forward: 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act, at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The event brings together professionals, policymakers, and administrators who will look back at the impact the Clery Act has had on campus safety over the past 25 years as well as the impact the Clery Act will have in the future, including its relationship to pending legislative bills.
The Clery Center for Security on Campus, originally founded as Security on Campus, Inc., was founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery after the April 1986 rape and murder of their daughter, Jeanne Clery, in her dorm room at Lehigh University. The Clery family turned their grief into a mission to create a movement and national change about how information, warnings and reports regarding violent and non-violent crimes on campus were approached and mandated.
After three years, Congress approved the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, which took effect in 1991, and was renamed in Jeanne Clery's memory. The Clery Act's original language required colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees. The law also ensures certain basic rights for victims of campus sexual assaults and requires the U.S. Department of Education to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics. Since then, amendments have passed and changes have been made though the original intent of the Clery Act, to ensure safer campus communities for all, remains.
At the 25th anniversary event, National Center for Campus Public Safety Director Kim Richmond will be one of a handful of featured speakers to discuss the impact the Clery Act has had on campus safety initiatives, specifically how law enforcement, campuses and communities can collaborate to improve responses to students impacted by violence.
Registration for the 25th anniversary event is open through this Friday, November 6th. Sessions include:

  • SUNY's Approach to Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response
  • Campus Sexual Assault: Timely Warnings, Title IX, and Campus Safety Risk
  • Panel Discussion: Balancing Roles, Reporting, and Survivor Needs
  • Climate Surveys: What To Do With All That Data
  • Do Your LGBTQ Students Feel Safe?
  • Compliance 101: What Keeps Us Up At Night?
To register and to view the full program listing, please visit the Clery Center's 25th Anniversary Event website .
Click to access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title: SIGMA Advanced Threat Assessment & Threat Management
Host: SIGMA Threat Management Associates
Date: November 20, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Registration Fee
Title: Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar - Walt Disney World Swan
Host: Clery Center for Security On Campus
Date: December 7-8, 2015
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL
Fee: Registration Fee
Title: Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: From Teen Dating Violence to Trafficking
Host: Legal Momentum
Date: November 12, 2015 at 3:00PM Eastern
Location: Online
Fee: Free
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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