First-ever comprehensive view of your school’s safety
To help colleges and universities be safer and more secure, the VTV Family Outreach Foundation developed a new integrated approach to improving campus safety called the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative or 32 NCSI.
Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007, survivors and victims’ families joined together to uncover all the dimensions of campus safety and facilitate a forum where national experts could develop best practices and resources.
The first result is a free, confidential, self-paced, online self-assessment program that looks at key areas of campus safety. Using this new resource, colleges and universities can better assess themselves across nine important areas:
- Alcohol & Other Drugs
- Campus Public Safety
- Emergency Management
- Mental Health
- Missing Students
- Physical Security
- Sexual Violence
- Threat Assessment
For the first time, school administrators can better see all the aspects of their campus safety in one review. It brings people together with a multi-department team approach for real collaboration. 32 NCSI is different because it’s solutions-focused, not compliance-based, so it assists schools in implementing or reinforcing holistic procedures to strengthen campus safety.
Beginning in 2017, VTV is partnering with NASPA , a leading association for student affairs professionals that offers professional development training, events, and resources, to better implement 32 NCSI.
Earlier this year, NASPA transitioned all nine, established 32 NCSI modules into its own secure assessment system. The timing of our partnership also coincided with the launch of a new, key initiative of NASPA’s called NASPA Advisory Services.
These services are grounded in NASPA’s mission and strategic plan, and provide expert reviews, self-assessments, and resources to enhance student affairs practice. The framework for both reviews and self-assessments is called P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. This framework focuses on nine areas applicable to all divisions of student affairs and services regardless of institutional type: policies, resources, academic affairs partnering with student affairs, compliance, technology, inclusion, community, evidence, and student success.
Campus participants of NASPA Advisory Services can currently access 32 NCSI by completing the “policy” self-assessment within P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. This specific self-assessment consists entirely of all 32 NCSI modules as developed by VTV and the Advisory Council.
NASPA will also be providing 32 NCSI, including the original nine modules and the newly developed module on study abroad, as a standalone resource to interested divisions of student affairs and services. This resource will be available on the NASPA website in addition to the NASPA Advisory Services P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.S. framework.
NASPA’s plans for advancing 32 NCSI include ensuring that each module remains current given any changes in related legislation and compliance requirements, as well as attuned to the latest expert views on the respective topic.
If you are a higher education official, sign up to participate HERE!