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Hazing Prevention and Awareness

September 21 - 25, 2015 is National Hazing Prevention Week. This is an opportunity for your college or university campus, school, or organization to promote prevention, raise awareness, and educate communities on the issues of hazing.
HazingPrevention.Org (HPO), a national organization dedicated to preventing hazing by building partnerships and providing educational resources, defines hazing as "any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person's willingness to participate." HPO offers a free National Hazing Prevention Week 2015 Resource and Planning Guide that contains several tools, tips, lists, articles, and other resources to assist you with planning and achieving a successful week of education and awareness. The HPO website offers other hazing prevention and awareness resources including facts and information, training and events, news, ways to get involved, and more.
The professional association, StopHazing, serves as a resource for hazing prevention and research. Their mission is "to promote safe school, campus and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention." StopHazing offers a variety of resources and information and resources on their website to include but not limited to:
StopHazing partnered with the Clery Center for Security on Campus to bring you a free training webinar on recognizing hazing behaviors in your community, understanding obstacles to address hazing, and identifying core strategies for hazing prevention. More information on this webinar is listed below in the professional development opportunities section.
Recently, the Clery Center for Security on Campus released the new documentary,
We Don't Haze, to educate campus communities on the dangers of hazing and ways to build campus cultures of respect. The video and supplemental resources are available via the We Don't Haze webpage.
NCCPS Social Media Webinar
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It's not too late! You can still register for the next webinar in our free Campus Public Safety Online series, scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd at 2pm ET.
In The Implications of Social Media on Campus Safety and Security: The Role of Social Media Threat Alerts, Dr. Gary J. Margolis , Co-Founder of Margolis Healy (the National Center's parent organization) and President & CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc., will discuss the implications of social media use on college campus safety.
Webinar attendance is free, but registration is required and space is limited. The registration deadline is Friday, September 18. Register here or visit our  website  for more information. Use our official webinar hashtag, #NCCPSwebinar, to share information about our webinar on social media. We hope you can join us!
Campus Facilities: Controlled Access and Security

The vast majority of colleges and universities have physical buildings that the community takes great pride in. These facilities and the resources they offer are shared by the campus community, and at times open to the public. Under certain circumstances, however, access to campus facilities must be restricted for a number of safety and security reasons.
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are required by the Clery Act to produce and implement a, "statement of policies concerning security of and access to campus facilities, including campus residences, and security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities."
A major safety and security challenge for many IHEs is managing access to residence halls. Clarity in institutional procedures is a key first step in ensuring safe residential halls. Having a dedicated webpage and sharable materials that clearly and concisely articulates the core principles of your residence hall policy is important. Outlining the most notable components of building security policies helps residents, staff, and visitors know what should and should not be happening in residential buildings. Some of those components may include:
  • Having security staff in residence halls
  • Utilizing restricted access systems, such as key cards
  • Employing external door prop alarm systems
  • Resident and staff access limitations and an escorted guests policy
  • Entry and exit monitoring on a 24-hour basis
  • Contact information for who to call to report violations
Campus security professionals are not the only campus community members who are responsible for maintaining safe residence halls. Successful policy implementation requires communication with student residents about not only the importance of adhering to policies, but also the significant role they play.
Short, informational videos effectively educate students about safety and security issues regarding access to facilities. Vanderbilt University's video and Towson University's video broach topics such as 'piggy-backing' at main entrances and elevators, guest sign-in protocols, and how to report suspicious activity. In both cases, each institution's police department participated in the production of these videos.
You may contact us for examples of policies that are effective in creating safe and secure campus facilities.
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Professional Development Opportunities

Title:  Recognizing and Preventing Hazing
Host:  Clery Center for Security On Campus
Date:  September 17, 2015 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location:  Online
Fee:  Free

Title: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304)
Host: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawai'i
Date: September 23, 2015 from 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Valhalla, NY
Fee: Free
Title:  Common Compliance Challenge: Campus Security Authorities & Responsible Employees
Host:  Clery Center for Security On Campus
Date:  September 24, 2015 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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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