September 12, 2018

New NCCPS Forum Report: Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at HBCUs   HBCU Protests Report Cover
From the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s to today's Black Lives Matter movement, students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been at the vanguard of social reforms that change America. This powerful and enduring legacy was on the minds of the HBCU participants attending a national forum, and it prompted the following question: Are protests and demonstrations at HBCUs fundamentally different from predominantly white institutions? This question sparked a critical discussion among campus police and safety officials from across the nation who gathered to identify challenges and brainstorm potential solutions in managing protests and demonstrations on HBCU campuses. Today, we are pleased to release the resulting report, Managing Campus Protests and Demonstrations at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (PDF).
The forum convened on July 18, 2017, at the 18th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators Training Conference in New Orleans. The participants were seeking to ensure that campus law enforcement policies and practices around protests and demonstrations are not only more effective, but also preserve the traditional role of HBCU campuses as centers of activism, engagement, and dissent. With renewed national attention on policing as it impacts black Americans, the participants observed that students at both HBCUs and predominantly white institutions are engaging in protests focused on police reform and accountability. However, participants also found several differences that make protests and demonstrations at HBCUs unique.
After discussing and identifying six challenge areas, participants formed specific recommendations to improve campus and community relationships, secure additional resources and training, and document and comply with the latest policies and practices. To make these potential recommendations a reality, the participants identified the following needs as particularly important:
  1. The need to share strategies that:
    • bridge gaps between campus law enforcement officials and administration, faculty, and student partners
    • improve campus administration's understanding of law enforcement needs
  2. The need to harness new tools like social media to:
    • manage future disruptions and communicate more effectively
    • deploy necessary personnel and resources before a protest becomes disruptive
  3. The need to respond to student-led protests by:
    • increasing understanding of what motivates student protests
    • improving public safety at protests while ensuring constitutional rights are not violated
Through the course of the national forum, a picture emerged among the attending HBCU officials on the importance of relationships and building trust. Download the  full report  (PDF) to read detailed recommendations on how to manage disruptive external actors, improve communications, prepare for spontaneous/unknown incidents, find additional resources, reduce liability and regulatory risk, and improve coordination with campus administration. Please visit our  emerging issues forums web page  to see reports on other topics of interest.

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This year, the fourth annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week falls the week of September 16-22, 2018. This week honors the incredible efforts of our nation's security officers to create safer and more secure environments. The appreciation week is also an opportunity to profile the many roles security officers fill, debunk misconceptions and stereotypes, and raise awareness of the career opportunities that exist within the security services industry. Security officers are hard-working, highly-trained individuals who are part of our country's network of first responders. These people deter crime, lead evacuations, provide information, work closely with local law enforcement, and are vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe in our workplaces, schools and institutions of higher education, and local communities. You can also learn why security officers deserve recognition by reading a variety of articles including " Heroes Among Our Ranks" and " Security Officers: How Changing Titles Changes Perceptions."
"Campus security officers are responsible for one of our nation's most valuable resources: our children," said Jonathan Kassa, Director of Higher Education at Allied Universal . "Their selfless dedication to their jobs means continuous training, understanding emerging technologies, and their role in high-risk situations. On campuses nationwide, our officers strive to become part of the fabric of vibrant, diverse campus communities, it speaks volumes of the type of individuals that serve on our campuses today. Campus security officers deserve our appreciation not just this week, but throughout the year, for their dedication to helping keep our campus communities safer."
Here are some suggestions for how your campus can show its appreciation for security officers:
  • Show your appreciation via social media using the hashtag #ThankYouSecurity
  • Host an appreciation meeting or reception to celebrate your security team
  • Write a letter to your security officers
  • Use the sample stakeholder letter (.docx) to encourage your campus to say thank you  
  • Visit your security officers - shake their hand, say thank you, and ask how they are
  • Include your security officers in ongoing recognition ceremonies
You can find more information about National Security Officer Appreciation Week, including the messages of thanks, official logo, sample social media messaging, and sample press and newsletter releases, on the Allied Universal website.
The National Center for Campus Public Safety offers our deep appreciation and thanks to the individuals who serve as security officers across our campuses. 

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October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and this year marks the 12th annual observance of month since its creation by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center . Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children, and even college-aged students, that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both individuals who are bullied and who bully others may have  serious, lasting problems . 
There are three types of bullying that a person may experience:
  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. It may include teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening to cause harm. These actions may also take the form of cyberbullying , when technology, such as social media, texting, and instant messaging is used to harass others with harmful words or images.
  • Social bullying, also known as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. It includes leaving someone out on purpose, telling other kids or youth not to be friends with another individual, spreading rumors about someone, and embarrassing someone in public.
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. An individual may experience hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, making mean or rude hand gestures, and taking or breaking someone's things. 
Though commonly perceived as a K-12 problem, bullying continues well past graduation into college and workplaces. According to a 2010 study, Cyberbullying among college students: prevalence and demographic differences , 15 percent of college students reported being bullied and nearly 22 percent reported having been cyberbullied. Further, 38 percent of students surveyed indicated they knew someone who had been cyberbullied. Both bullying and cyberbullying are done with intent and are typically repeated.
This October, Stomp Out Bullying™ has a variety of activities your campus can participate in on a weekly basis to help end bullying and cyberbullying.
  • October 1: World Day of Bullying Prevention #BlueUp
  • Week of October 8: Make friends with someone you don't know at school; challenge others to be kind (make a video and submit it); October 11 is National Coming Out Day
  • Week of October 15: Stand up for others
  • Week of October 22: Week of inclusion. Use the #HereForYou hashtag
  • Week of October 29: Start the week with conversations amongst your peers. Use the online toolkit to start the conversation.
For additional resources on bullying prevention, please visit:
  • Cyberbullying Research Center (CRC): The CRC is rich with resources including presentations for campus staff and students, bullying and sexting laws by state, research, and resources based on age group.  
  • Not In Our Town (NIOT): NIOT is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. The NIOT website contains information for campuses on how to start a campus campaign as well as lists of resources on other important topics such as domestic violence, diversity, inclusion, hazing, and mental health.
  • Rachel's Challenge: The programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in schools, including a college program and professional development.
  • A federal website that provides information on bullying, cyberbullying, prevention, and resources. 
  • Tyler Clementi Foundation: Founded after the tragic death of Rutgers' student Tyler Clementi following an act of cyberbullying and humiliation, the Foundation provides resources for colleges and universities, including Greek life.
The key to bullying prevention is awareness, involvement, and conversations by students, parents, teachers/professors, and community members. 

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: What's Your Role During an Active Shooter or Hostile Event?: Understanding NFPA 3000™
Organization: Campus Safety 
Date: September 13, 2018
Location: Online
Fee: Free

Title: Human Trafficking: What Your Campus Needs to Know 
Organization: National Center for Campus Public Safety 
Date: September 18, 2018, 2 PM ET 
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Basic Control Tactics for Campus Security Officers
Organization: Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Dates and Locations:  
  • October 12, 2018 in Fredericksburg, PA
  • October 25, 2018 in Hampton, VA
  • October 26, 2018 in Sweet Briar, VA
Fee: Free

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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.
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