Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2015/06
June 24, 2015
In this issue:
- Threat Assessment: An essential component of campus public safety and security is threat assessment and management. According to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Threat Assessment Team's Safety Case Manager, Kendall Plageman, the purpose and importance of threat assessment and management is "to prevent violence by assessing and managing any threatening behaviors or dangerous incidents among students, faculty, staff, or community members before escalation to violence, [as well as] increase awareness of violence prevention resources and encourage more reporting of potentially dangerous situations prior to escalation."
- Tailgating: We are only two and a half months away from the first Saturday of college football on September 5, 2015. Tailgating has become synonymous with alcohol consumption, both in college and professional sports, probably none more so than football. Given the propensity for high risk drinking, acts of violence, and liability concerns as a result of tailgating before and after football games, colleges and universities are increasingly working towards implementing best practices for safe and responsible tailgating.
June 17, 2015
In this issue:
- Protecting Minors on Campus: Most institutions of higher education experience interactions with minors on their campuses, especially over the summer months when colleges host sports, theater and a variety of other camps for children of all ages. It is important to safeguard the youth who interact with faculty, staff, students and volunteers and there are steps colleges and universities can take to protect minors.
- LGBT Pride Month: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement, that took place in Manhattan. Since then, LGBT Pride Month and the efforts to achieve equal justice and equal opportunities for LGBT Americans has made historic achievements, though continued work is necessary.
June 10, 2015
In this issue:
- Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Functioning and Effectiveness: Many campuses across the nation utilize a victim-centered sexual assault response team (SART). SARTs are community-wide multidisciplinary groups of individuals working synergistically to provide support and resources to survivors of sexual assault. The National Institute of Justice funded a national research study that compiled data from 2010-2012 to better understand SART functioning and effectiveness.
- Department of Homeland Security Releases First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs led the development of a new document, The First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents, at the request of the National Security Council's working group on improvised explosive device situations and in response to first responders who have encountered mass casualties from IEDs and/or active shooter incidents.
June 3, 2015
In this issue:
- Implementing a Body-Worn Camera Program: Resources to Help Sworn and Non-Sworn Departments: The use of body-worn cameras is becoming more prevalent among law enforcement officers and campus security officers can use the technology as well. In its report to the president, the Task Force on 21st Century Policing indicated technologies like body-worn cameras "can improve policing practices and build community trust and legitimacy, but its implementation must be built on a defined policy framework with its purposes and goals clearly delineated."
- NCCPS Webinar Recording: Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety: If you weren't able to join us last week for our inaugural webinar, Framing Three Key Issues in Campus Public Safety, you can view the webinar recording, access the speaker slides and download topic-specific papers on our website.
- Office for Civil Rights Issues FY13-14 Report to President and Secretary of Education: At the end of April 2015, Assistant Secretary Catherine E. Lhamon of the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the FY13-14 report to the President and Secretary of Education entitled, Protecting Civil Rights, Advancing Equity.