Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 16
May 7 , 2014
In This Issue:

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White House Issues Guidelines on Fighting Campus Sexual Assault


The White House is offering new guidance to help colleges and universities across the country to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on campus. Specifically, within a new report titled Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (April 2014), the White House provides a first set of action steps and recommendations. For example, it recommends that administrators conduct an anonymous survey of sexual assault cases every three years.

The White House has also produced an associated website: Not Alone: Together Against Sexual Assault.  This website provides information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in schools, such as where to find a crisis service, rights and how to file a complaint, and a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.


SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape)


Started by Columbia University students, Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) fights sexual violence and rape culture by empowering student-led campaigns to reform college sexual assault policies. Run by a volunteer collective, SAFER facilitates student organizing through a comprehensive training manual, among other resources. 
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U.S. Department of Education Releases List of Higher Education Institutions with Open Title IX Sexual Violence Investigations

ED.gov, May 1, 2014 


Technology Raises Issues Regarding Cyberbullying

The Daily Targum, April 30, 2013


Aggressive Push on Sex Assault

Inside Higher ED, April 30, 2014


College Assaults Being Gauged; MSU Officials Say Many Safety Practices in Place

Murray Ledger and Times, April 30, 2014


Behind Focus on College Assaults, a Steady Drumbeat by Students

The New York Times, April 29, 2014


White House to Press Colleges to Do More to Combat Rape

The New York Times, April 28, 2014


Heroin on Campus

Inside Higher ED, April 28, 2014


Students File Complaints on Sexual Assaults at Columbia University

The New York Times, April 24, 2014


Book Review-Nothing to Cheer About: 'The Price of Silence'

The New York Times, April 24, 2014


The State of Research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Gasman, M. & Commodore, F. (2014) Journal for Multicultural Education


"Let's Get Drunk and Have Sex": The Complex Relationship of Alcohol, Gender, and Sexual Victimization

Cowley, A.D. (May 2014) Journal of Interpersonal Violence


"Blurred Lines?" Sexual Aggression and Barroom Culture

Graham, K., Bernards, S., Osgood, D.W., Abbey, A., Parks, M., Flynn, A., Dumas, T. & Wells, S. (May 2015)  Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research


Fremouw, W., Keelan, C., Schenk, A. & McNally, M. (April 2014) Journal of Interpersonal Violence 




Not Alone - The White House and the OCR's New Guidance on Title IX 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 3 PM EDT 


Join the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy and Professor Peter F. Lake for a first look at examining the "Not Alone" report and the Q&A document. Together we will consider what impact the findings will have on your campus now and in the future. Learn more about this webinar here.


Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses Webinar Series


The National College Health Improvement Program (NCHIP) is hosting a Webinar Series that is focused on how to reduce the harms of high-risk drinking on college campuses in partnership with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' (NASPA) Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Knowledge Community. 

  • May 6, 2014, 2-3 PM EDT: Preventing and Intervening At the Individual Student Level - Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking
  • May 21, 2014, 2-3 PM EDT: Implementing Effective Environmental-Level Strategies
  • June 19, 2014, 2-3 PM EDT: Are We There Yet? Maintaining a Continuous Momentum 

Webinar participants will learn about NCHIPs work with 32 institutions in the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, which found that measurable change to combat high-risk drinking is possible. Starting with the fundamentals, including the importance of framing this as a public health issue and taking a multi-disciplinary systems approach, NCHIP will help direct a path forward for colleges and universities. Participants will also hear firsthand from a campus improvement team leader on the strategy used to realize its aim of lowering high-risk drinking rates on their campus. For more information, click here.




2014 ITGA Annual Conference in University-City Relations

Back to the Future: Sharing a Unified Town-Gown Vision

June 1-4, 2014, Clemson, SC


Clemson University and the City of Clemson are delighted to host the 2014 International Town & Gown Association University-City Relations Conference. The conference program is designed to facilitate discussions among colleagues and practitioners that will spark ideas, challenge notions and encourage networking among community and university leaders, making the conference theme of sharing a unified town-gown vision a greater reality. Learn more about the conference here.


Learning Summit 2014: Student Success and Completion

June 8-11, 2014, Chandler, AZ


Hosted by the Maricopa County Community College District, the Learning Summit is a working retreat for college teams to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges related to learning. Participants examine effective practices in five topic areas that are the focus of the program: Student Learning Outcomes; Student Engagement; Faculty and Staff Engagement; Organizational Culture; and Quality, Inquiry, and Accountability. Learn more about the Summit.


Advancing Success for Black Men in College

June 23, 2014, 8 AM - 4 PM EDT, Washington, DC


In 2011, ETS and the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) launched a four-part series that focuses on improving the education and development of Black boys and young men in the United States. This year's Achievement Gap Symposium, "Advancing Success for Black Men in College," will focus on the opportunities and challenges Black men ages 18-24 face as they consider, enter and navigate postsecondary education in pursuit of a college degree. Register for this free symposium.


6th Annual Northwest Alcohol Conference

July 16-20, 2014, Boise, ID


This is a conference where those involved with substance abuse prevention, enforcement, treatment and education can all gather to meet to keep our communities healthy and safe. It will highlight community coalitions, police departments, and other prevention agencies. Learn more about the conference here.


Stop the Hate-West Coast

October 15-17, 2014, Petaluma, CA


This three-day Stop The Hate Train the Trainer program is designed for a team approach to prevent and respond to bias and hate crimes on campus. The training is designed for student leaders, faculty members, administrators, campus police/safety officers and staff.  Participants become StopThe Hate trainers and are equipped with tools and materials to educate others on bias incident and hate crime prevention strategies. Learn more about Stop The Hate - West Coast.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2014 Town Hall Meetings Higher Education Initiative

For more information contact Tom Colthurst.


Be the Voice of Change: Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting

May 22, 2014, 5-7:30 PM CDT, Kansas City, KS


Featured speakers include youth, state and local law enforcement, and victims of impaired driving. Free fun and engaging activities for the entire family, plus free snacks and local resources. Cosponsored by A Better KCK, Inc. and Kansas City Community College. For more information, please email: awilcoxen@kckcc.edu.


The Effects of Underage Drinking and Distracted Driving

June 19, 2014, 3:30-5:30PM EDT, East Lansing, MI 


The Michigan 4-H Healthy Living Team will provide data and statistics of underage drinking and distractive driving effects to youth and college students. The event will include drunk and distractive driving simulations where participants can have a hands-on experience of the risks and potential hazards of drinking and texting while driving. For more information, please e-mail: knboyd@anr.msu.edu


Mobilizing Change Through Collaboration

October 7, 2014, 4-6 PM EST, Albany, NY


This Town Hall Meeting will bring together the University at Albany community and Capital Region to talk about the issue of underage drinking and discuss how we can collaborate to work toward its prevention. All are invited to join the conversation. For more information, please email: dcimini@albany.edu

About NCSSLE's Higher Education e-Digest

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Higher Education e-Digest addresses campus and community engagement, health, safety, and security. Regular contents include news from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other federal partner agencies and organizations, salient research summaries, examples of effective field practices, announcements submitted by IHEs and other subscribers, and relevant upcoming events. The Higher Education e-Digest also highlights NCSSLE resources and the availability of ongoing services, including technical assistance, products, and tools. 

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