Higher Education

General High Education Resources

Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP)

  • A collegiate recovery program (CRP) is a College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. Universities and colleges across the nation are leading the way in supporting students in recovery from addiction. A collegiate recovery program can be implemented in many ways, utilizing many services, models and tools. The main point of a CRP is that it focuses on student support in higher education.

  • The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. There are currently a significant number of Collegiate Recovery Programs across the United States. According to ARHE, each member college or university "incorporates recovery on their campus in a way that is unique to their population and culture."

The Ultimate Guide to Incident Management for Higher Education

  • In higher education, continuous change is generally a positive thing. It means innovation, thought leadership, and fresh ideas. It means that students are learning, growing and starting to make their mark on the world. But as enrollment increases, it's expected that campus crime will too. It means that as campuses continue to grow, we try to contain risk by rectifying incidents that have already happened and use our learnings to try and predict what's likely to happen in the future.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Incident Management for Higher Education  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Do You Know the Answers to most HIPAA FAQs? Stay up-to-date on the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information, can be just as confusing as it is important. Between the law's Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Omnibus Rule, Breach Notification Rule and Enforcement Rule, compliance is multitiered and ever-evolving. Common FAQs include subjects such as covered entities, authorizations, disclosures to law enforcement, disclosures to family and friends, FERPA, health information technology and smaller providers and businesses.

  • HIPAA Rules - Some Basic Ones (PDF) - Prepared by Sue Fisher - Emergency Management Coordinator, California State University - Fullerton.

Colorado Bills and Revised Statutes Relating to Safety at Institutions of Higher Education

  • Prevent Sexual Misconduct At Higher Ed Campuses: Concerning the prevention of sexual misconduct on higher education campuses - The act requires each institution of higher education (institution) to adopt, periodically review, and update a policy on sexual misconduct (policy). The act establishes minimum requirements for the policies, including reporting options, procedures for investigations and adjudications, and protections for involved persons. Senate Bill SB19-007 (PDF)
  • For more on recent legislative activity related to postsecondary campus safety or Higher Ed Campuses, Visit the Colorado General Assembly Website

Higher Education/Sexual Assault/Campus Sexual Assault Policies

  • This Policy Snapshot reviews 2019 legislative activity addressing postsecondary campus sexual assault. It includes state examples of introduced, enacted and failed legislation. 
  • Campus Sexual Assault Policies (PDF)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

  • SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture | 2nd Edition
    • The purpose of this resource is to help NCAA member schools develop and promote a culture on campus that is free from violence - one that values, respects and defends the dignity of all people and upholds the inherent value of each individual. The tool kit checklists and educational resources are designed to support athletics departments in meeting these commitments to prevent sexual violence involving student-athletes and are grounded in accepted theory, research or recognized, expert opinion.

  • Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence
    • This handbook illustrates the responsibility athletics departments have in collaborating with other campus leaders to fight sexual assault and interpersonal violence. The handbook was created to assist athletics departments in being valued campus partners in an effort to change the culture surrounding this issue.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Sexual Violence on Campus: Strategies for Prevention.
    • This resource highlights five components to consider when working to prevent sexual violence in college and university settings: Comprehensive Prevention, Audience, Infrastructure, Partnerships and Sustainability, Evaluation. These components represent a framework for CDC's approach to campus sexual violence prevention efforts. The integration of all five components offers an opportunity to implement prevention efforts to have greater impact on the reduction and prevention of sexual violence on campus.

  • Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements - Version 2.0
    • Sexual violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. However, measuring the problem can be difficult when ,terminology and data elements for sexual violence are not consistent. Without consistency, we cannot monitor or track trends for sexual violence to determine the scope of the problem. In the effort to continually improve sexual violence data collection, CDC's Injury Center has updated Sexual Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements. Clarification on the Definition of Spouse

  • Technical Packages for Violence Prevention: Using Evidence-based Strategies in Your Violence Prevention Efforts.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed technical packages to help states and communities take advantage of the best available evidence to prevent violence. The strategies and approaches in the technical package represent different levels of the social ecology with efforts intended to impact individual behaviors as well as the relationship, family, school, community, and societal factors that influence risk and protective factors for violence. They are intended to work together and to be used in combination in a multi-level, multi-sector effort to prevent violence.

Colorado Bills and Revised Statutes Relating to Safety at Institutions of Higher Education

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

  • Higher Education Cannabis Prevention Toolkit 2018 CADE is the only statewide coalition for campus prevention practitioners and administrators in Colorado. First convened in 1989, the CADE has supported campus implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention programs at 24 institutions of higher education in Colorado.

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)

  • 2015 Academic Year Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit
    • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), and University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department, 2014

    • A Summit was held to bring together campus officials from around the U.S. to discuss unresolved issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

  • Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit II

    • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), and Georgia Tech, 2015

    • This Summit was the second in a series of meetings co-hosted by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the IACP University and College Police Section, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). A Summit was held to bring together campus officials from around the U.S. to discuss issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

  • Initial White Paper Based on an Earlier Summit Meeting (Aug. 2014)

U.S. Department of Education

Clery Act Related Resources

Clery Act - Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act

  • United States Code (U.S.C.) Title 20 - Education
    • Chapter 28 - Higher Education Resources and Student Assistance Subchapter IV - Student Assistance Part F - General Provisions Relating to Student Assistance Programs ¬ß 1092. Institutional and financial assistance information for students

Clery Act: U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil rights.

Clery Act: Colorado Department of Education Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Clery Act : U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education

Clery Act: National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCP) Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting,(U.S Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education)
  • 2016 Edition.

  • This handbook will familiarize you with the amended Clery Act and the new regulations that were added by Higher Education Opportunity Act. This handbook takes you step by step along the path to compliance and explains what the regulations mean and what they require of your institution.

Campus Victim Advocates and the Clery Act (CAMPUS Technical Assistance and Resource Project)
  • Document provides guidance on the role of advocates as Campus Security Authorities and attempts to clarify their role as mandated reporters.
Bullying

Cyberbullying & Harassment Online: Awareness & Prevention

  • Many students have been forced to move to online learning because of the pandemic. While cyberbullying has been an issue for years, we felt it was an incredibly important topic to revisit now to make sure students, teachers, and parents understand what cyberbullying looks like, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens.

  • While many schools and states now have laws and policies in place to address cyberbullying, there are still actions that students, parents, and teachers can take to prevent further harassment from taking place. Keep reading to learn how you can do your part to recognize and stop cyberbullying.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) - Higher Education

  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.
  • Bullying and Cyberbullying at Colleges and Universities (Jan. 2012)

General Preparedness

Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (Compiled by CSSRC | Oct. 2014)

  • Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan: Elements Checklist for Institutions of Higher Education Combined with the Six US Federal Government Agencies' Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education (PDF) (Word)

Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) 101 for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) (Online Training | Sept. 2014)

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.

  • A high-quality school EOP is adequate, feasible, acceptable, complete, and compliant with state and local requirements. To ensure that EOPs meet these criteria, school planning teams must work collaboratively to determine EOP goals and objectives. That's why the planning process is so important. Although processes should be adapted based on the unique characteristics of the school, district and situation, teams can use this course to learn about all aspects of plan development, assessment, review, implementation, and maintenance.

  • Plan for 90-120 minutes to complete this course.

Emergency Management Planning for Institutions of Higher Education

  • Released by Helpful Hints series prepared by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center.(REMSTA | 2007)

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

  • This guide, published in June 2013, aligns and builds upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and is a joint product of Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (ED) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on this critical topic. The guide is customized to the higher education community, incorporates lessons learned from recent incidents, and responds to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Schools can use this guide to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions of Higher Education

Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

  • Webinar from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center - Recorded | June 2013) REMS TA Center Webinars

  • The guide will help institutions of higher education develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), and describes the principles and processes that will help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels.

  • These webinars were conducted in collaboration with all of the Federal agencies that worked together to develop the guides, and provided an overview of:

    • the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for an IHE;

    • the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining an EOP for an IHE;

    • the form, function, and content of an IHE EOP plan; and

    • topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, information sharing, school climate, active shooter situations, and psychological first aid.

  • Slides

  • Support Resources

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

Emergency Management Planning for Institutions of Higher Education

  • Released by Helpful Hints series prepared by the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center. (2007)

Higher Ed Resources

National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCP)

  • Officer Response to People with Mental Illness

  • In March of 2013, Congress provided funding to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the creation of the National Center. In consultation with key stakeholders and federal partners, BJA developed a competitive solicitation and received proposals to create and host the National Center. Through this process, a cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC in the Fall of 2013.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) - Higher Education

  • Our schools and communities are contending with many factors that affect the conditions for learning, such as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.

  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues.

Hazing

HazingPrevention.org

HazingPrevention.Org is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, and building partnerships with others.

  • Hazing Prevention Online Course

    • This is a preventative course to inform college students of the impact of hazing and how to prevent it. It is a 1-hour course that teaches students how to recognize, prevent and report hazing. This evidence-based and interactive online course reflects best practices established by the leading academics studying hazing.

  •  Research, Webinars & videos

Health

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Health Resources and Services Administration - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Counseling Support Tool: Guide for Adolescent Girls & Young Women
    • This support tool helps providers make physical activity and healthy eating recommendations to adolescent girls and young women based on their answers to the "Getting Started" questionnaire in the guide My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Health Eating for Adolescent Girls and Young Women.

  • My Bright Future: Physical Activity and Healthy Eating for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

    • This booklet, published in February 2013, helps adolescent girls and young women learn about physical activity and healthy eating. It uses questionnaires to help assess current level of healthy eating and exercise, and provides tools for setting the right goals and making healthy choices. It includes tips for communicating with health care providers and links to Web sites for additional information.
Human Trafficking Prevention

Department of Homeland Security,

  • Blue Campaign Student Advocate Toolkit

    • This toolkit offers tips and resources to engage your campus and community to raise awareness of human trafficking. It also includes posters to display in dorms, public areas on your campus, and around town.

Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility

Cyberbullying in College: Frequency, Characteristics, and Practical Implications (March 2014)

  • Article published in Sage Open about cyberbullying prevalence on college campuses.

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center

Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC)

  • The REN-ISAC aids and promotes cybersecurity operational protection and response within the higher education and research (R & E) communities, within the context of a private community of trusted representatives at member institutions, and in service to the R & E community at-large.

Social Media Toolkit: Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing a Social Media Strategy in Your School or District

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C3 Voluntary Program

    • Because cybersecurity and physical security are increasingly interconnected, DHS has partnered with the critical infrastructure community to establish a voluntary program to encourage use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework to strengthen critical infrastructure cybersecurity. The Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ (pronounced "C Cubed") Voluntary Program is the coordination point within the Federal Government for critical infrastructure owners and operators interested in improving their cyber risk management processes. The C³ Voluntary Program aims to:

      1. support industry in increasing its cyber resilience;

      2. increase awareness and use of the Framework; and

      3. encourage organizations to manage cybersecurity as part of an all hazards approach to enterprise risk management.

    • Getting Started for Academia

      • This page is intended to increase cybersecurity awareness, incentivize cybersecurity, encourage the adoption of best practices, and implement a shared sense of responsibility for cybersecurity at universities and colleges.

    • Self Service Tools

      • Cyber Resilience Review

      • Access resources and no-cost, voluntary, non-technical assessments, to evaluate an organization's operational resilience and cybersecurity practices.

  • Cyber Security Evaluation Tool (CSET)
    • A self-assessment tool that provides prioritized recommendations and enables users to assess their network and industrial control system security practices against industry and government standards.

  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

    • US-CERT strives for a safer, stronger Internet for all Americans by responding to major incidents, analyzing threats, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world.

Large Event Preparedness

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Law Enforcement Planning for Major Events

  • When law enforcement executives are tasked with managing a large-scale event, they can maximize their efforts by learning from other agencies and adopting proven practices. Too often, past lessons learned are not documented in a clear and concise manner. To address this information gap, the Bureau of Justice Assistance is working to provide the field with a range of resources and tools.

  • Managing Large-Scale Security Events: A Planning Primer for Local Law Enforcement Agencies

    • BJA worked in partnership with the CNA Corporation (CNA) to develop this Planning Primer, published in May 2013, which synthesizes model practices pertaining to security planning for a large-scale event, specifically pre-event planning, core event operations, and post-event activities. The guide also includes a comprehensive Appendix including actionable templates, checklists, and key considerations designed to facilitate the planning process.

Special Events Contingency Planning: Job Aids Manual

  • Published in 2005 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • This manual is intended to provide guidance for the management of risks associated with conducting events that involve mass gatherings of people and assist planners and organizers in making such events safe and successful.

Planning for the Safety of Minors: Routine and Emergency Situations

  • The National Center for Campus Public Safety offers a free, on-demand webinar.

  • Colleges and universities can download the United Educators' Checklist (PDF) of behavioral standards for adults interacting with minors on campus.

Mental Health

JED Campus - Protecting the Emotional Health of Teens & Young Adults

  • The Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program, is designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional, wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students.

  • When a school becomes a member of The Campus Program, it demonstrates the school's commitment to assessing and enhancing mental health promotion, and substance abuse and suicide prevention programming for students, families and campus professionals.

  • Participation in The JED Campus Program begins by:

    1. establishing an interdisciplinary, campus-wide oversight team to assess, support and implement program improvements.

    2. participating in an introductory workshop where the Campus Program Framework is reviewed and guidelines for next steps are discussed.

    3. completing a confidential self-assessment survey to determine the current mental health and substance abuse programs, and opportunities for potential enhancements.

  • Over the course of four years, the school and The Campus Program team - through a series of technical assistance activities - will work together to identify opportunities to enhance mental health and substance abuse prevention programming on campus.

Monitoring the Future Research
  • The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Provides up-to-date information on tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, mental health and other health-related issues in the United States. The National survey on drug use from 1975 - 2011 for secondary school students. Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.

  • The Monitoring the Future Study has been funded under a series of investigator-initiated competing research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. MTF is conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

  • 2012 Volume 2, including college students

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines intimate partner violence (IPV) as violence between two people in a close relationship, including current and former spouses and dating partners. IPV occurs on a continuum from a single episode to ongoing battering and can include physical violence, sexual violence, threats, emotional abuse, stalking, and controlling reproductive health.

  • IPV is a significant issue for college campuses. According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, most male and female victims of IPV "experienced some form of IPV for the first time before age 25."

Physical Environment Safety

Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

  • The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

  • Experimenting with Danger

    • This video explores hazards associated with conducting research at chemical laboratories in academic institutions. Released in October 2011.

Fire Safe Student Housing: A Guide for Campus Housing Administrators

  • Published in February 1999 by the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland.
  • The purpose of this report is to provide campus housing administrators, fraternal organizations and others responsible for housing college students with an overview of the elements of fire safe student housing. The goal is to present a balanced approach that will permit housing administrators to make risk informed decisions regarding the costs and benefits associated with different fire safety features and levels of fire protection. Additional resources that are available to help in the development of a comprehensive program for fire safe student housing are also identified.

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)

  • As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.
  • Campus Fire Safety Outreach Materials

Recovery, Research and Data

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Campus Crime

  • This April 2010 report offers preliminary findings from a review of 272 incidents of violence that affected IHEs in the United States from 1900 through 2008. The report addresses fundamental questions regarding where, when, and how these incidents occurred, and captures information concerning the offenders and their relationship to the IHEs. When possible, the report also identifies factors that may have motivated or triggered the attacks. The agencies strived to create a product under this phase of research that will be useful for threat assessment and campus safety professionals charged with identifying, assessing, and managing violence risk at IHEs.

Colorado Higher Education Data and Reports

  • This section provides information on student enrollment, degrees awarded, ethnicity, gender and other statistics often requested for the public institutions in the state of Colorado. In this searchable database section, you may build queries summarizing various demographic categories. Data is available on enrollment, degrees awarded, and degrees offered. If you are seeking detailed information regarding historical enrollment and degrees awarded, you may view static reports of this data.
Safety & Security

Building a Disaster Resistant University

  • This document, created in 2003, is both a how-to guide and a distillation of the experiences of six universities and colleges across the country that have been working over the past several years to become more disaster-resistant. It complements the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) State and Local Mitigation Planning how-to guides that provide planning guidance for creating and implementing a hazard mitigation planning process.
  • Worksheets for Disaster Resistant University planning and development.

National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS).

Sexual Assault

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

  • ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively. Since 1972, Title IX has proved to be an increasingly powerful leveling tool, helping to advance gender equity in schools and colleges.

  • Mandatory Reporters: A Policy for Faculty and Professional Staff (Model Policy | Published Sept. 2013)

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

  • Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report (2016)

    • The results of a campus climate survey that collected data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students from nine pilot schools during the 2014-15 academic year. The climate survey addressed the topic areas of:

      1. sexual assault, rape, and battery

      2. sexual harassment and coercion

      3. intimate partner violence victimization

      4. sexual harassment and sexual assault perpetration

      5. school connectedness and campus climate.

  • Rape and Sexual Assault

    • The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has initiated two projects to identify, develop and test the best methods for collecting self-report data on rape and sexual assault.

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)

  • COPS - the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America's state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.

  • Acquaintance Rape of College Students

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) Online Training Institute: Successfully Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault

  • Presented by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), this is a series of free courses offered to anyone who is interested in the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim (i.e. non-strangers).

  • Participants in the OLTI can work through the various training modules to learn and review new information and then apply this newly acquired knowledge in realistic and interactive scenarios, as well as assessment methods such as quizzes, tests, and case studies.

  • For professionals who successfully complete OLTI courses, continuing education is available for nurses, counselors, and law enforcement officers.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)

  • VAWnet is a comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on domestic violence, sexual violence and related issues.

  • The goal of VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women is to use electronic communication technology to enhance efforts to prevent violence against women and intervene more effectively when it occurs. VAWnet supports local, state, and national prevention and intervention strategies that enhance safety and well-being and address the self-identified needs and concerns of victims and survivors.
  • The National Crime Victims Research & Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN),has launched a website for the Prevention of Post-Sexual Assault Stress. Designed for professionals working with adolescents and young adults undergoing an acute sexual assault medical examination, the website has a 17-minute instructional video to help young people prepare for and better cope with the medical examination that usually takes place within 72 hours of a sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

  • SANE-SART is a program operated by the Sexual Assault Resource Service with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • Break the Silence (Video)

    • While working with communities across the US, especially in rural and Tribal communities to develop SARTs, some of the issues identified as a challenge has been the lack of awareness in their communities about SARTs, the lack of resources available to inform them of the value of developing a SART, and the value to the community of utilizing a SART once developed. This video will aid communities to better meet this need.

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

  • The Safe Place resource kit encompasses a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. Designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education, the kit will support health center staff at all levels to: Understand the likelihood that they serve student patients and even work with colleagues affected by trauma. Infuse trauma-sensitive approaches into their daily routine. Create a care environment that supports students affected by trauma.

Sexual Assault on Campus

  • The National Institute of Justice has funded a number of studies to examine the incidence and prevalence of rape and other forms of sexual assault on college campuses. NIJ research has examined both rape and other forms of sexual assault. Some of the findings presented here are specific to rape, although many are much broader.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Justice

Social Norming

Center for Health and Safety Culture

  • Center for Health and Safety is an interdisciplinary center at Montana State University that conducts, exchanges, and applies research in order to improve health and safety by understanding and cultivating cultural transformation.

  • Thus far, Center for Health and Safety Campaigns using the Montana Model of Social Norms Marketing have proven effective in areas such as preventing tobacco use, increasing seat belt use, and preventing drinking and driving among other issues.

National Social Norms Resource Center

Substance Abuse Prevention

CampusDrugPrvention.gov

  • CampusDrugPrevention.gov The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is pleased to provide institutions of higher education and their surrounding communities with these resources to prevent drug abuse among college students. We are committed to promoting the importance of prevention and its role in helping ensure the health and safety of our nation's colleges and universities.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

College Drinking Prevention

  • College Drinking: Changing the Culture created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) - Higher Education ,

  • The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help address such issues as bullying, harassment, violence, and substance abuse.

  • Voices from the Field (July 2014)

    • "Voices from the Field" is about supporting first year college students, including preventing high-risk alcohol consumption. How students adjust to their learning environments affects how they learn and campus climate as a whole.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NIDA website contains resources for students and young adults including education resources and materials on drugs of abuse. Information for parents and teachers includes drug information and facts, education materials, curriculum guides, and classroom tools. Medical and health professionals will find resources including NIDAMED, screening tools, resources for your practice, resources for your patients, and centers of excellence for physician information.

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

  • A component of the Executive Office of the President, ONDCP was created by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. ONDCP advises the President on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Tobacco-Free Generation Initiative

  • The American Cancer Society, under the direction of its Center for Tobacco Control, launched - the Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI) - which provides grants to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100% smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college and university campuses across the nation.

  • Since its inception in 2016, with generous support from the CVS Health Foundation, ACS has provided grants of up to $20,000 to 106, post-secondary institutions across the U.S, to adopt 100% smoke and tobacco-free campus policies. Our current grantee institutions range from small, private colleges, to large, research universities, and who, together, have the opportunity to positively affect the lives of over 1.7 million students and all of the faculty, staff and visitors on those campuses.

  • All are welcome to participate in the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative - university and college leaders, administrators, faculty members, students and student groups. List of all 106 TFGCI Grantee Institutions.

Suicide Prevention

Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA)

The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance is a partnership providing leadership to advance college mental health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC)

  • The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado was formed in 1999, when concerned citizens set out to create a statewide agency with the purpose of preventing suicide and creating a resource network for those who were working to prevent suicide around the state. Today, SPCC's membership of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals who are working in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention has statewide reach.

  • Suicide and Mental Health Resources by Colorado County

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

  • SPRC is the nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. We provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We also promote collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

  • College and University suicide prevention resources

  • Young Adult (18-25) suicide prevention resources

Threat Assessment

Campus Threat Assessment Case Studies: A Training Tool for Investigation, Evaluation, and Intervention

  • Published December 2012 by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice

  • This guide is a training tool to assist campus threat assessment teams with self-guided opportunities to develop, refine, and enhance their behavioral threat assessment processes. Its design will help teams ensure they have a working knowledge of the nature and process of violence, how to identify persons at risk, reporting and assessing concerns, and resolving situations through compassionate and effective approaches.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

  • Making Prevention a Reality: Identifying, Assessing, and Managing the Threat of Targeted Attacks,

    • This guide first addresses some important awareness aspects of the active shooter problem, not the least of which is the term "Active shooter". The content of this publication does not begin and end with active shooters, but instead applies to targeted violence generally. However, it does not specifically address potential acts of terrorism, or threat assessment for violence perpetrated primarily in furtherance of a political, religious, or other extremist cause or ideology. Planned violence, threat assessments, violence and mental health, and barriers to successful prevention efforts are also discussed. The guide then offers specific and actionable information on identifying, assessing, and managing persons who pose a true concern for planned, targeted violence. Guidance about setting up and running a threat management team is offered. Sample tools are provided in the appendices.
  • A Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013

    • This report, covering active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2013, examines specific behaviors that may precede an attack and that might be useful in identifying, assessing, and managing those who may be on a pathway to violence.

  • Quick Reference Guide: A Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2013

    • Quick reference guide summarizing findings of full report, A Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 and 2013, from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.

National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA)

The Path to Violence

  • Video from PBS that first aired in February 2013.

  • This program tells a story about the effective Secret Service threat assessment program that helps schools detect problem behavior in advance and prevent acts of school violence.

  • CSSRC Staff Review (CSSRC | June 2014)

Threat Assessment in College Settings

  • Written by Dewey Cornell, Ph.D. and published in Change magazine in 2010.

  • Although it is important for colleges to have a well-designed plan for first-responders, a comprehensive approach to campus safety should not be limited to security measures, warning systems, or crisis-response plans that are designed to react to violence. Threat assessment is a form of violence prevention that should be undertaken well before a gunman appears in the parking lot. The history of many school shootings reveals that the attack was preceded by threatening statements and behavior that aroused the concern of others weeks or months in advance.

Title IX

A new document, Dear Colleague Letter: Title IX Coordinators (April 24, 2015 | PDF), is directed to leaders of institutions of higher education and school districts reminding them of their required responsibility to hire or designate a Title IX coordinator. The new Title IX and Sex Discrimination Resource Page provides a variety of information for Title IX coordinators including:

Training

Active Shooter Situations: Describing Unique Challenges Involved in Preparing for, Responding to and Recovering from a School-Based or Postsecondary Institution Shooting

  • Webinar recorded August 15, 2013
  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.

  • This presentation will provide information on active shooter situations to enhance the development and implementation of the Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) for schools and institutions of higher education (IHE). The webinar will emphasize the unique challenges involved in preparing for, responding to and recovering from a shooting at a school or an IHE.

Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) 101,for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) (Online Training | Sept. 2014)

  • Created by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.

  • A high-quality school EOP is adequate, feasible, acceptable, complete, and compliant with state and local requirements. To ensure that EOPs meet these criteria, school-planning teams must work collaboratively to determine EOP goals and objectives. That's why the planning process is so important. Although processes should be adapted based on the unique characteristics of the school, district and situation, teams can use this course to learn about all aspects of plan development, assessment, review, implementation, and maintenance.

  • Plan for 90-120 minutes to complete this course.

Higher Education Webinar Series

  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Students National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.

  • Community Coalitions Working Collaboratively Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education to Address Underage Drinking

    • This webinar will review successful collaborative approaches for preventing underage drinking in communities with both high school and college students to

      1. enforce the minimum legal drinking age

      2. enact and enforce policies to reduce youth commercial access to alcohol

      3. enact and enforce policies to reduce youth social access to alcohol, and

      4. create comprehensive changes in institutional policies (e.g. of alcohol establishments, media outlets, and schools) and public policies aimed at reducing youth access to alcohol.

  • Safer Campuses and Communities: Tools for Implementing Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Problems
    • In this webinar, Dr. Bob Saltz, Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center, reviewed the latest research-based approaches to reducing alcohol-related problems among college students and considered how to apply the Safer Campuses and Communities resources recently developed. Then Karen Hughes, Coordinator of PartySafe@Cal at UC Berkeley, and Genie Cheng, Outreach and Education Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara, shared how their colleges have been implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce alcohol problems on their campuses and in their communities.

Implementing Psychological First Aid (PSA) in School and Postsecondary Settings

  • Webinar recorded August 21, 2013

  • Presented by the U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.

  • This webinar provided participants with a description of PFA, its role following an emergency, and its use in both the K-12 and higher education settings. Additionally, strategies for developing the necessary supports prior to an emergency, and for implementing PFA when needed, were presented.

  • Presentation Slides

  • Resources Supporting Implementing Psychological First Aid in School and Postsecondary Settings

National Center for Campus Public Safety

  • The National Center is a resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers and key campus safety stakeholders. With this in mind, the National Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.

  • In March of 2013, Congress provided funding to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for the creation of the National Center. In consultation with key stakeholders and federal partners, BJA developed a competitive solicitation and received proposals to create and host the National Center. Through this process, a cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Margolis Healy and Associates, LLC in the fall of 2013.

Creating a Safe School Building

 

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