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Ebola Virus Disease - Updates and Resources  

Colleges and universities across the nation have been cautiously preparing for the possible arrival of the Ebola virus and taking essential steps to prevent it from coming to their campuses. To assist these communities, we have compiled relevant guidance, training, updates and other resources below.   


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published comprehensive guidance for colleges and universities about Ebola. The guidance includes, but is not limited to, advice on the following:

  • Travel precautions and advice for students, faculty and staff arriving to U.S. campuses from countries where Ebola is prevalent
  • What campuses can do to keep community members safe from Ebola
  • Guidelines for evaluation of students or others suspected of having Ebola
  • Interim guidance for monitoring and movement of people with Ebola exposure
For timely Ebola updates and general information, visit the CDC's

Ebola website that covers a wide array of information about the virus to include prevention, signs and symptoms, risk of exposure, treatment, clinical guidance and more.


The Metro Nashville Police Department produced an Ebola training video for law enforcement officers that features Dr. Corey M. Slovis, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical School. In the video, Dr. Slovis explains what police officers need to know about the virus and then answers several officers' pertinent questions.


For health care workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated their personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines for Ebola response to "clarify and standardize safe and effective PPE options to protect health care workers and patients, as well as provide information for procurement of PPE stock in the current Ebola outbreak."

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Fire Safety on Campuses


Fire safety continues to be a critical issue on campuses nationwide. Since 2000, 169 people have died in campus-related fires with 87% of these deaths occurring in off-campus housing. Accordingly, a greater emphasis is being placed on reaching out to and educating students who reside off-campus. These students are more difficult to reach but educating them about common factors in off-campus fires is key to reducing deaths. These factors include:

  • lack of automatic sprinklers
  • missing or disabled smoke alarms
  • careless disposal of smoking materials (cigarettes are the leading cause of fatal fires)
  • impaired judgment from alcohol consumption
  • fires originating on upholstered furniture, or on decks and porches

A few organizations have emerged as the leaders in campus fire safety:

For more detailed information about each of these groups, please visit our website.
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Campus Public Safety Needs Survey  


Please help us to identify and gauge your resource and training & technical assistance needs by completing this one-page, online survey. Your responses will assist us in determining where to direct our efforts and how we can best serve the campus public safety community.
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Professional Development Opportunities


Title: ALERRT 2014 Active Shooter Conference   

Host: ALERRT Center at Texas State University 

Dates: November 16-19, 2014  

Location: San Marcos, TX  

Fee: Registration Fee

Title: Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Non-Consensual Sex

Host: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)   

Dates: November 16, 2014 9 AM EST

Location: Online

Fee: Free

Information and Registration


Title: Threat Assessment Strategies for Schools & Higher Education  

Host: IACP 

Dates: Archived Webinar 

Location: Online  

Fee: Free

Information and Registration

Title: Heartland Campus Safety Summit*   

Dates: November 13, 2014  

(Pre-Summit Workshop, November 12, 2014)

Location: Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS 

Fee: Registration Fee

* Breakout session by NCCPS Director Kim Vansell. She will be presenting with Amy Kiger, Director, Violence/Substance Abuse Prevention Center, University of Central Missouri in a session entitled, "If You Build It, They Will Come: Law Enforcement, Campuses and Communities Collaborating to Improve the Response to Students Impacted by Gender and Sexual Violence."
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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.