Nine colleges and universities from across the country have signed-on to pilot test all seven 32 NCSI survey instruments. George Mason University, the first institution signed-on for the full pilot. Staff is working with representatives of the remaining eight institutions to address proposed changes to the Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), schedule survey administration, and recruit additional institutions.
A sub-grant application to support program implementation has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for funding through the National Center for Campus Public Safety over two years. The grant would fund further development of the surveys covering each of our ten existing focus areas (Alcohol & Other Drugs, Campus Public Safety, Emergency Management, Hazing, Mental Health, Threat Assessment, Missing Students, Physical Security, Sexual Violence, and Cyber Safety) along with Fire Safety. Phase One, covering the first 12 months, would refine and enhance the surveys from the pilot phase as well as establish an online survey collection tool. Phase Two, covering the second 12 months, would revise and expand the surveys.
Phase One would include a professionally facilitated two-day workshop with 11 subject matter experts, creation of an online survey tool, participant recruitment (with a target of 100 or more institutions participating) including through collaboration with higher education associations, collection and analysis of the survey results, and an outcomes measurement process used for self-examination and reporting to DOJ. Phase Two would follow a similar model and build on the results of the first phase. Funding for primary and support staff is built-in.
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 30th approved with a strong bi-partisan vote legislation appropriating continuing funding of $2 million for the National Center for Campus Public Safety, $75 million for a comprehensive school safety initiative, and $12.5 million for grants to combat violence against women on campus. Similar legislation unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations committee, and on June 19th the Senate voted to move forward with consideration of the House bill. This progress bodes well for this funding to be approved in “regular order” before the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year on October 1st.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) on June 20th published proposed regulations to implement the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, also known as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act). VTV’s S. Daniel Carter served as one of fifteen Negotiated Rulemaking Committee members that aided ED in crafting these proposed regulations. The proposed regulations, agreed to by the diverse constituency groups representing higher education, advocacy groups, and consumers, reflect clear guidelines for institutions on addressing sexual violence that will help guarantee support and justice for victims, as well as fair conduct proceedings for both victims and accused.
That’s all for now. Make it a safe day!
VTV Family Outreach Foundation