Weekly Snapshot Archives - 2016/02
February 24, 2016
In this issue:
- VAWA 2013 Forensic Compliance Deadline: March 7, 2016: The term "forensic compliance" commonly refers to two specific provisions that first appeared in the 2005 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) granting victims the ability to access free medical forensic exams without the victims' participation with a law enforcement investigation. The deadline for compliance with the two new forensic provisions in the 2013 reauthorization of VAWA is March 7, 2016.
- NO MORE Week of Action: Founded in 2013, NO MORE is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate and engage bystanders around ending sexual assault and domestic violence. With specific monthly observances in April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, NO MORE strives to bring year-round awareness to these two issues by "using a unifying symbol to drive awareness and break down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that keep people from talking about these issues and taking action to prevent them."
February 17, 2015
In this issue:
- Homelessness on Campus: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid reported there are 58,000 homeless students on campuses nationwide and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) 2014 Point-In-Time Estimate report states that 34% of the total homeless population is under the age of 24. With spring break approaching, it is important to remember that many homeless students at colleges and universities nationwide don't have families and loved ones to return to during academic breaks. HUD's website offers several resources for homeless persons in the following areas: housing assistance, food benefits, health and safety, and help for veterans.
- Hosting Presidential Candidates: What Campuses Need to Consider: The 2016 election cycle is in full swing and both Republican and Democratic candidates are traveling the country speaking to voters ahead of caucuses and primaries. Often, colleges and universities are the host venues for candidates reaching out to young voters and those in their local communities. These high-profile candidates can add additional layers of complexities to plans that colleges and universities already have in place for large-scale events.
February 10, 2016
In this issue:
- Planning Spring Break? What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus: On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus, a mosquito-transmitted disease, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after a team of 18 experts and advisers "looked in particular at the strong association, in time and place, between infection with the Zika virus and a rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications." In addition, this team considered the pattern of the virus's spread, the lack of vaccine and reliable tests, and the broad geographical distribution of the Aedes mosquito, which carries the Zika virus.
- New Clery Center Resource: The Clery Center for Security on Campus recently released the Responsible Employee Training Video. Created in partnership with the Victim Rights Law Center, the video is designed to help responsible employees understand their role and obligations under Title IX. The video features the voices of sexual assault survivors and professionals from campus safety and student affairs.
February 3, 2016
In this issue:
- Social Media in Educational Environments: Almost every middle school, high school, and college or university student in the United States uses the Internet on a daily basis and engages in some form of social media. Social media is defined as websites or other applications (apps) that enable users to create, share, and view content or to participate in social networking by developing personal or professional networks. According to the Pew Research Center and consumer insight service Experian Simmons, 92% of teens report going online daily and 24% of teens are online "almost constantly." This highlights the fact that mobile devices are commonly used in academic environments.
- February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: In the United States, one in three teens experience some type of abuse by a dating partner. This results in a total of 1.5 million teens being involved in dating violence annually. Each February, the White House and other partner organizations recognize Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month or #TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships as well as promote resources and prevention programs.