September 20, 2017



Join Our Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 27
 
We're holding a Twitter chat in partnership with the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center ( @remstacenter) on Community Partnerships and Higher Ed Safety on Tuesday, September 27 at 2 PM ET. If you are an emergency manager at an institution of higher education (IHE), national emergency management partner, campus administrator, state or local public safety agency, or campus public safety agency, we welcome your participation and insight!
 
During the chat, we'll discuss (1) the importance of community partners and higher ed public safety planning, education, and training; (2) common considerations related to developing and maintaining partnerships; and (3) the ways recent events have reframed IHE approaches to building relationships with campus community partners. Use the hashtag #HigherEdSafetyPartners to join the conversation. For more information, contact the REMS TA Center at info@remstacenter.org.

Access the Prevention Navigator.
New Tool to Assist Campuses in Selecting Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
 
The Campus SaVE Act of 2013 amended the Clery Act by mandating federally-funded universities and colleges to provide "primary prevention and awareness programs to all incoming students and new employees" and "ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and employees," as noted in The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting 2016 Edition (PDF). RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), a well-known anti-sexual violence organization, developed the Prevention Navigator to assist campus administrators and faculty members with making more informed choices when selecting the best sexual assault prevention program for their institution.
 
Launched earlier this month, this free, online tool will help colleges and universities learn more about sexual assault prevention programs in use today and allow students and administrators to anonymously review prevention programs in which they have participated. "With 11.2 percent of graduate and undergraduate students experiencing rape or sexual assault, university-wide prevention programs play an essential role in campus safety," says RAINN's campus programs manager, Nancy Amestoy. "This new tool allows students and administrators across the country to join an important conversation about effective prevention strategies."
 
RAINN worked with college administrators, students, researchers, prevention professionals, and program developers from across the country throughout the development process. RAINN used their input and feedback to inform the Prevention Navigator's construction to best reflect the needs of college and university campuses nationwide. When designed effectively, prevention programs do more than meet a requirement; they foster a more informed student body, improve students' understanding and response, and ultimately prevent sexual violence. Prevention education is vital in building a stronger and safer college community. By sharing your feedback and  reviewing a program , you are expanding the knowledge base on this topic and allowing for more informed conversations about the effectiveness of prevention training and educational efforts. 
 
The Prevention Navigator allows users to find a program using such search parameters as institution type/size, audience, delivery method, duration, and keyword. Visit RAINN's website to learn more about the Prevention Navigator and ways to  engage your campus

2017 Campus Safety and Security Survey: Deadline October 18, 2017
 
Data collection for the 2017 Campus Safety and Security Survey began on August 23, 2017, and ends on October 18, 2017. The survey collects data on the number and nature of crimes and fires on campus for the 2016 calendar year. Providing this information is required  as a condition of your institution's continued participation in the federal student financial assistance programs. All designated Campus Safety Survey Administrators should have received a  letter  (PDF) from the Department of Education (ED) detailing the survey requirements.
 
If you need additional information or have questions, please contact the ED survey help desk by phone, 1-800-435-5985, or email,  campussafetyhelp@westat.com.

National Security Officer Appreciation Week
 
This week, September 17-23, 2017, is the third annual observance of National Security Officer Appreciation Week. This week was created as an opportunity to say thank you to security professionals and recognize their many contributions to our daily lives. 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. 
 
"Every day, campus security officers strengthen the fabric of our campus communities in countless, selfless ways," said Jonathan Kassa, Director of Higher Education at Allied Universal . "The diversity of their talents, backgrounds and experiences are a true reflection of the missions and values of the hundreds of institutions of higher education we serve. Their efforts go beyond just public safety. Campus security officers deserve recognition and gratitude for their dedication as responsive community-oriented professionals. They are the foundation of any 21 st  century campus public safety and security program."
 
Allied Universals has compiled messages of thanks on their website. If you'd like to show your appreciation, you may add to these messages by recognizing an outstanding security officer/security colleague. You can also learn why security officers deserve recognition by reading a variety of articles including " Security Officers: How Changing Titles Changes Perceptions" and " It's Time to Reconsider Security Officer Stereotypes."
 
"Security professionals play a critical role as guardians and protectors of higher education communities. We are proud to honor their many contributions to public safety, not only this week, but during the entire academic year. Working on the front lines of service and safety, they are a key element of comprehensive safety plans at colleges and universities. We should all take time out of our day to say thank you to the security professionals," said Ted P. Fritz, Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Safety and Emergency Management, University of Pittsburgh.
 
Here are some suggestions for how your campus can show its appreciation for security officers:
  • Host an appreciation meeting or reception to celebrate your security team
  • Write a letter to your security officers
  • Show your appreciation via social media using the hashtag #ThankYouSecurity
  • Use the sample stakeholder letter (.docx) to encourage your campus to say thank you
  • Include your security officers in ongoing recognition ceremonies
  • Visit your security officers - shake their hand, say thank you, and ask how they are
 
You can find more information about National Security Officer Appreciation Week, including the official logo, sample social media messaging, and sample press and newsletter releases, on the Allied Universal website.
 
The National Center for Campus Public Safety extends our sincere appreciation and thanks to the individuals who serve as security officers for their service.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: IACP Annual Conference and Exposition
Organization: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Dates: October 21-24, 2017
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Fee: Registration fee
 
Title: Advanced Campus Security Officer Level II Certification Program
Organization: Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association
Dates: October 26-27, 2017
Location: Newtown, PA
Fee: Registration fee
 
Title: Campus Fire Forum 2017
Organization: The Center for Campus Fire Safety
Dates: November 7-9, 2017
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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.