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The Weekly Snapshot
Your source for the latest tips, information, and current campus safety resources from the NCCPS.
Click to download the NCCPS infographic (PDF).
NCCPS Accomplishments: Our Efforts to Address Campus Safety
 
The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) was established in 2013, with bipartisan support, through a cooperative agreement between the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and Margolis Healy. Since we opened our Burlington, VT office in June 2014, we have partnered with an array of leading public safety organizations, colleges and universities, and subject matter experts to address critical issues and enhance campus safety efforts. We recently compiled information outlining some of our key accomplishments and plans for future endeavors in a two-page infographic. You may download the full infographic (PDF) hereSome of our key accomplishments include:
  • Developing and delivering a Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Training Program: In response to the charge from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the NCCPS partnered with subject matter experts and higher education institutions to develop and pilot a curriculum  for college and university officials involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual and gender-based misconduct complaints. The curriculum provides officials information and resources in line with evolving practices and a trauma-informed approach to investigations and adjudications. Participants' responses to the four pilot offerings were overwhelmingly positive   and their feedback was used to refine the curriculum and course delivery throughout the pilot process. Please visit the Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication web page for more information.
     
  • Identifying strategies for enhancing implementation of the Clery Act: The NCCPS co-hosted eight Reclaiming the Spirit of the Clery Act focus groups that included representatives from 111 institutions of higher education. These focus groups identified significant challenges in the implementation of the Clery Act regulations and produced recommendations to address these challenges. A summary report is expected to be complete later this year. NCCPS will continue to offer focus groups to discuss other campus safety challenges and identify potential solutions on topics such as study abroad safety, urban policing, weapons carry on campuses, and marijuana legalization.
  • Providing college campus safety webinars: In May of 2015, NCCPS launched a free webinar series entitled Campus Public Safety Online.The webinars feature subject matter experts and address topics of interest to the higher education community. Topics covered to date include: trauma-informed sexual assault investigation, behavioral threat assessment, fair and impartial policing, best practices for managing on-campus large events, strategies for changing the culture of college football tailgating, and the role and impact of social media in campus safety and security. Recordings of the webinars are accessible through the NCCPS webinars web page, along with presentation slides and links to relevant resources.
  • Maintaining a web-based resource center: The NCCPS website serves as a clearinghouse of information and resources for campus public safety, law enforcement, emergency management, and campus communities. The website's resource library is an ever-expanding repository of resources on timely topics such as sexual and gender violence, threat assessment, community relations, emergency management and preparedness, Title IX and Clery, and many more. 
If you would like more information on participating in the focus groups, or on the Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication training program, you may contact the NCCPS Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Andrea Young. Please contact us with any questions or comments on our accomplishments or future plans.
FBI National Situational Awareness Report Released

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a situational information report on extremist activity. This report is intended to inform law enforcement personnel of a potential threat from extremists who may seek to harm law enforcement officers and government or other property. Those alleged actions underline the continued interest of violent extremists.
 
Information contained in this intelligence bulletin is law enforcement sensitive. If you are a law enforcement official, please  contact us to request a copy.
Volunteer and Donation  Management

Managing a crisis is a complex endeavor, and one important consideration is controlling the potential of an influx of unaffiliated volunteers and unsolicited donations. Without proper forward planning, the good will of community members who want to assist in response and recovery efforts may become a logistical issue, affecting your capacity to operate. The following information and resources will help government agencies as well as public and private organizations, such as colleges and universities, understand the challenges volunteer and donation management pose, and how each can be part of the solution.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating the administration of disaster relief resources and assistance to states. Federal assistance to localities is provided under the Stafford Act (PDF) if an event is beyond the combined response capabilities of state and local governments. 
 
The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA coordinated the Volunteer and Donations Management Support Annex , which "provides guidance on the Federal role in supporting State governments in the management of masses of unaffiliated volunteers and unsolicited donated goods." Unaffiliated volunteers, also referred to as spontaneous volunteers, are "individuals who offer to help or self-deploy to assist in emergency situations without fully coordinating their activities." It can be difficult to match these volunteers with the appropriate service areas when there isn't a pre-established relationship with emergency response organizations that have verified their training and/or credentials. This Annex also indicates that "private nonprofit and private-sector organizations that can provide a specific disaster-related service to Federal, State, local, and tribal governments are encouraged to establish pre-incident operational agreements with emergency management agencies."
 
Encouraging community members to become affiliated volunteers through existing disaster relief operations is a way to preemptively manage a potentially difficult situation. Examples of these types of organizations are as follows:
The following chart offers volunteer and donation management planning documents developed by various states, municipalities, and non-profit organizations.
 

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:  Donations Management Points of Consensus Guide
 
 
United Way of Dade County: Volunteer Management Mobilization Plan

Los Angeles County:  Donations Management Annex

College of William and Mary:  Emergency Operations Plan
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  Innovations in Supporting Emotional Well-Being on Campus
Host:  The Jed Foundation, Tulane University and Kognito
Dates: 
  • November 3, 2015 at 2:00pm EST
  • November 5, 2015 at 2:00pm EST
  • Location:  Online Webinar
    Fee: Free
     
    Title:  Managing External Relations and Off-Campus Conduct
    Host:  National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS)
    Dates:  November 10, 2015 at 1:00pm EST
    Location: Online Webinar
    Fee: Free
     
    Title:  Looking Back, Moving Forward: 25 Years of the Jeanne Clery Act
    Host:  Clery Center for Security on Campus
    Dates: November 13, 2015
    Location: Washington, DC
    Fee: Registration Fee
    *Note: registration for this conference closes in two weeks.

    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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