September 18, 2019

NCCPS Releases New Report on Implementation of Prior Recommendations and Barriers to Enactment 
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We are pleased to release our most recent emerging issues forum report, Implementation of Prior Recommendations and Barriers to Enactment (PDF). This effort is a partnership between the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators (HBCU-LEEAs) to follow up on three previous forums, their reports and recommendations, and to examine whether and how HBCU campuses have implemented the recommendations. These include:
On July 16, 2019, a group of campus safety leaders and subject-matter experts gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for a one-day forum. Thirty campus safety leaders came from 24 institutions of higher education (IHEs) and campus safety organizations across the country, including university and college chiefs of police, as well as campus safety administrators. They explored the recommendations in the prior reports that centered on three topics: training, communications, and partnerships.
During the forum, participants identified successes their HBCUs had in implementing recommendations in each of the three areas. They also identified challenges that have hindered or prevented HBCUs from implementing certain recommendations. In general terms, those challenges included the following:
  • Resource restrictions. Many HBCUs reported not having the money or the people needed to implement certain recommendations, especially those involving or requiring training. Some participants, for instance, said they had enough people, but those people did not have the skills necessary to implement certain recommendations. A lack of employee career-development programs exacerbated this problem for some HBCUs.
  • Persuasion problems. Many forum participants reported trouble implementing recommendations found in the NCCPS reports because they lacked buy-in from administrators, students, or other key stakeholders. The lack of buy-in sometimes manifested itself as a lack of vision or goal-orientation for campus safety. Others said their HBCUs perceived campus safety teams as untrustworthy or not "legitimate."
  • Collaborative clashes. Some HBCUs said their challenges in implementing certain recommendations were rooted in disagreements among teams about what actions would solve certain problems. Participants also said they often ran out of time to implement recommendations or could not find the time to begin. Others reported worrying about backlash or negative social media impact associated with policing work in general or with implementing certain recommendations.
The forum participants discussed a broad array of factors, tactics, and strategies to create a greater likelihood for successful implementation of report recommendations at HBCUs. Download the full report (PDF) to read about the successes achieved, continued challenges, and potential strategic solutions. 

National Awareness Day
Across our campus communities it's become more important to know and understand the significance of "If You See Something, Say Something." This National Awareness Day, and every day after, we should continue partnering together to inspire, empower, and educate the public on suspicious activity reporting.
As we noted in a recent Weekly Snapshot article, since the El Paso and Dayton, OH shootings, at least 30 people have been detained on threats of mass shootings, and it remains crucial for students, faculty, staff, and community members to inform law enforcement of anything suspicious. Suspicious activity can include:
  • An expressed or implied threat: threatening to commit a crime that could harm or kill people or damage a facility, infrastructure, or secured site (including schools)
  • Weapons collections/storage: collection or discovery of unusual amounts of weapons including explosives, chemicals, or other destructive materials
  • Eliciting information: questioning personnel beyond mere curiosity about an event, facility, or operations
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) encourages campus communities to take time on September 25 to participate in some or all of the following activities:
  • Discuss the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity with faculty, staff, and students. To facilitate these conversations, DHS encourages you to review campaign resources (e.g., Signs of Suspicious Activity infographic, information on what suspicious activity is, and public service announcements) and the Awareness Day website.
  • Challenge faculty, staff, and students to test their awareness by watching The Challenge PSA series and share with friends.
  • Join the #WhyISeeSay social movement by sharing why you report suspicious activity by taking a selfie with the #WhyISeeSay bubble (PDF).
DHS continues to seek colleges and universities as partners in their efforts to help reach the public across the U.S. Partners increase awareness by displaying the campaign's messages and distributing outreach materials. Since 2016, more than 300 institutions of higher education (IHEs) have partnered with the campaign. By becoming an official campaign partner, your IHE can help empower students in identifying indicators of suspicious activity. To become a partner, send an email to and include:
  1. The entity you represent
  2. Your name and contact information (phone, email)
  3. The city and state in which your entity is located
For additional resources, including campaign materials, please visit the DHS website.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: 2019 AUCCCD Annual Conference
Organization: Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD)
Dates: October 19-23, 2019 
Location: San Antonio, TX 
Fee: Registration Fee 
Title: CERT Program Manager (E0427)
Organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Management Institute
Dates: November 21-22, 2019 
Location: Emmitsburg, MD 
Fee: Free
Title: 41st Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education
Organization: Stetson University 
Dates: January 29 - February 30, 2020    
Location: Clearwater, FL   
Fee: Registration Fee 

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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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