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MIT seal MIT Climate Survey Coincides with National Estimates 

 

On Monday, MIT announced the results of a campus-wide survey that was launched in spring 2014. Of MIT's 10,831 students, 3,844 responded, or 35%. One in six female undergraduates, who had responded anonymously, said they had been sexually assaulted (defined in the survey as unwanted sexual contact, from touching to penetration, "involving use of force, physical threat or incapacitation")
but only five percent reported the crime to any campus official. Further, five percent of male undergraduates who responded said they had been sexually assaulted. University President L. Rafael Reif was clearly troubled by the results and said he was "disturbed by the extent and nature of the problem."

  

MIT is the highest-profile university to conduct such a detailed campus climate survey although others, such as Harvard, Yale, Rutgers and Emerson are planning to conduct similar ones. The MIT results coincide with national statistics on sexual assault and violence on college campuses, which states that approximately 19% of female students have been victims of sexual violence.

 

In light of the survey results, MIT has announced new measures to address sexual assault on its campus including: increasing staffing to respond to those who experience sexual assault; finding new ways to let students know where to turn for help; removing barriers to reporting and addressing complaints by revamping procedures and processes; launching a Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Task Force; and increasing education for students, especially through peer-to-peer programs, on bystander intervention and on the connection between alcohol, drugs, and unwanted sexual behavior.

 

You can read the official MIT news article here. The full MIT survey results, survey tool is accessible from MIT's Health & Wellness Survey Site

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Officer Response to People with Mental Illnesses  

Law enforcement and campus public safety officers nationwide commonly respond to calls for service that involve people with mental illnesses. The nature of law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses is complex and these encounters can be time-consuming and affect the officers, people with mental illnesses and their families, the community and the criminal justice system. According to Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, "law enforcement-based specialized response programs have been shown to improve officer safety; increase access to mental health treatments, supports, and services; decrease the frequency of these individuals' encounters with the criminal justice system; and reduce certain costs incurred by law enforcement agencies." Visit our website for details on some of the training programs available for law enforcement, campus public safety officials or anyone interested in learning how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. On our website you will also find information on the University of Florida Police Department, a learning site selected by the Council of State Governments, with assistance from a team of national experts and the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance, to act as a national law enforcement/mental health learning site that can provide guidance to agencies interested in creating or expanding their own specialized policing responses.

In our efforts to identify the training and resource needs of the campus public safety community, we invite you to take our short Officer Response to People With Mental Illnesses Training Survey. Your responses will assist us in providing programs and materials that will best meet your needs.

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Professional Development Opportunities
 

Title: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) 2014 Annual Meeting

Host: APLU 

Dates: November 2-4, 2014

Location: Orlando, FL 

Fee: Registration Fee 

Information and Registration

 

Title: Crisis Planning and Emergency Preparedness Webcast   

Host: Campus Safety  

Dates: November 6, 2014, 2:00 PM EST 

Location: Online  

Fee: Free

Title: Combating Campus Sexual Violence: Complying with the Final VAWA Rules  

Host: VTV Family Outreach Foundation, Sponsored by Campus Answers 

Dates: November 13, 2014, 1:00 PM EST 

Location: Online Webinar 

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.