September 21,

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Hazing Prevention

At the start of the school year, many students become involved with athletic teams, clubs, and various activities on campus. Some of these students will experience hazing. HazingPrevention.Org TM (HPO), a national organization dedicated to preventing hazing by building partnerships and providing education and 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." National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW), September 19-23, 2016, is an opportunity for campuses, schools, and organizations to review and update anti-hazing policies as well as raise awareness, promote prevention and intervention programs, and educate communities on the issues of hazing.
HPO offers a free college resource and planning guide that contains articles, educational initiatives, and other tools to assist with college hazing prevention planning this week and throughout the year. As part of NHPW, HPO is hosting advance college screenings of the new feature film  GOAT that will be accompanied by a facilitator-lead discussion about the film and the impact of hazing on college campuses. Based on the memoir by Brad Land,  GOAT tells the story of two brothers who pledge the same fraternity and offers a depiction of the effects of hazing. Paramount Home Media Distribution will release the film in select theaters nationwide, on demand, and in digital HD on September 23rd.
In addition to the resources offered by HPO, StopHazing promotes safe school climates through research, information sharing, and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention. Students and staff looking to expand hazing prevention efforts, and those creating and implementing hazing prevention programs and activities, can find valuable research and materials on the StopHazing website. StopHazing recently compiled a hazing prevention resources web page with materials that can be used and implemented in your campus community throughout the year. These include, but are not limited to, the We Don't Haze documentary created in partnership with the Clery Center For Security On Campus, webinars, anti-hazing laws, university and college policies, a hazing national study, and interactive data/infographics.
These additional resources may be useful to campus officials reviewing and establishing hazing prevention programs:

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Rescheduled Webinar: Applying the Best Available Research Evidence to Build Comprehensive Strategies for Sexual Violence Prevention 
Eliminating sexual violence on college campuses and their communities requires a comprehensive approach to primary prevention based on the best available research evidence. Join us on  Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00PM ET  to discuss the latest research on sexual violence with  Kathleen C. Basile, PhD , a Lead Behavioral Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a subject matter expert for sexual violence definitions, research, evidence-based prevention strategies, and surveillance. 
During the webinar, Kathleen will provide an overview of the latest knowledge related to sexual violence, including risk and protective factors, evidence-based strategies, and the need for comprehensive, multi-level approaches that address the complexities of this problem.  Register by Monday, October 17, 2016 to reserve one of the limited spaces available!

National Security Officer Appreciation Week

This week marks the second annual National Security Officer Appreciation Week. Established in 2015 and celebrated the third week of September, this time was created as an opportunity to recognize security officers' contributions to our daily lives and thank them for their work. "Security officers play a critical role in the community caretaking responsibilities of higher education institutions. They enhance safety and security while also serving as our campus ambassadors," says Major Steve Rittereiser of the University of Washington (UW) Police Department and Instructor and Coordinator of UW's Security Officer Regional Training Academy.
Security officers are an integral part of our country's team of first responders whose presence is an everyday expectation in many settings, including on college and university campuses. This week allows us to:
  • Recognize their contributions
  • Profile the many roles security officers fill
  • Debunk old misconceptions and stereotypes
  • Raise awareness for security career opportunities
"Each day more than 5,000 of our higher education security officers are working to help ensure campuses are secure," said Jonathan Kassa, Director of Higher Education at Allied Universal. "Security officers are a critical part of enabling students, faculty, staff and visitors to have confidence in the safety of their campuses. When campus community members express gratitude for security officers' tireless service, the officers become even more engaged. Every security officer, both contracted and those employed directly by colleges and universities, deserve our heartfelt appreciation."
Your campus can show its appreciation for security officers through:
  • Social media: Use the hashtag #ThankYouSecurity.
  • Personal recognition of officers: Visit security officers on campus and shake their hands; host a meeting or reception; write a letter of commendation or thanks to a security officer.
  • Sample press release: Customize this sample release for your campus paper.
  • Stakeholder letter: Show support through this sample letter.
  • Sample newsletter story: Customize a story for your newsletter.
You can find more information on security officers by visiting the Allied Universal  and  the  National Association of Security Companies websites .
The National Center for Campus Public Safety extends our deepest thanks to the men and women who serve as security officers across the country for their service.

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Professional Development Opportunities
Title: OVW's Biennial Conferral: Unmet Needs
Organization: Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)
Date: September 27, 2016 at 2:00pm
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: 26th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference
Organization: University of Vermont
Dates: October 10-12, 2016
Location: Burlington, VT
Fee: Registration fee
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2016 Communities Talk Higher Education Initiative:  Funding still available to host events on your campus! View all of the scheduled town hall meetings across the country.

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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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