NCSAM 2019 Webinars

Evaluating Your Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program: Biennial Reviews

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires institutions of higher education that receive federal funding to implement a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP) for its campus community. The Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (the same office that oversees Clery) has found via Clery program reviews that the DFSCA requirement of conducting and documenting a biennial review of an institution’s DAAPP is one that is often a challenge. This webinar will address misconceptions about what a biennial review entails and who should be responsible for implementing it as well as providing tips for your next review.

Join Clery Center, DFSCA expert Mike DeBowes, and David Arnold for this webinar as we:

  • Review each of the requirements that must be included within an institution’s DAAPP
  • Explore the components of and strategies for conducting a biennial review
  • Provide tips and recommendations for campus prevention professionals to use when conducting reviews

Improving Your Clery Act Reporting Procedures

The Clery Act requires institutions to maintain statistics on Clery Act crimes that occurred within Clery Act geographic locations that were reported to campus security authorities (CSAs). As these statistics are derived from the reports of CSAs it is imperative to create a sound structure for reporting this information accurately and succinctly to alleviate making the reporting process ineffective or burdensome. Standardizing the way CSAs report and the information they should provide can assist with streamlining classification of Clery crimes on the front-end making for easier record reconciliation down the road.

Join Clery Center and TrackTik, a security workforce management solution, as we discuss strategies for refining reporting procedures, elements to consider when working with or developing a reporting system, and departments or offices to consider including as partners in developing the content and executing the procedures. Clery Center will also highlight free resources developed to ensure CSAs know what to report and how to report it including our sample CSA Reporting form and our Clery Act Essentials tool.

Using Evidence to Implement Real Change: Improving Campus Safety Practices

Campuses put a lot of effort into gathering and analyzing data to determine the effectiveness of their campus safety prevention and response work but do we really know how to turn insights into action? Collecting data can be time consuming in itself, let alone analyzing and applying that information in a useful way. Join us for a webinar to increase your ability to extract and translate meaningful data into actionable changes.

We will share strategies for identifying changes that can be made through interpreting data from sources like national and campus climate surveys, annual security reports (ASRs), focus groups, and online evaluations. We will also share practices for how to communicate your efforts to your campus community.

Statement of Policy or Description of Practice? What Should Be in your ASR

Under the Clery Act, institutions must publish an annual security report (ASR) each year by October 1, which contains Clery crime statistics and summaries of various areas of campus safety; some of these summaries must represent existing policies and procedures while others should describe a current practice or program.

This webinar will:

  • Review which statements within your ASR must be grounded in policy
  • Examine how to evaluate if the information within your ASR aligns with current practice on campus and Clery requirements
  • Discuss helpful strategies for developing policies for the required areas

This webinar will utilize the Composing Your ASR professional development tool in this year’s NCSAM toolkit.

NCSAM 2018 Webinars

Classifying Hate Crimes under the Clery Act

All too often, incidents occur on college campuses that reflect a bias on the part of the perpetrator towards individuals, systems or groups of people.  While an institution’s bias-incident policy or response team might address these types of incidents, not all incidents might be reportable hate crimes under the Clery Act.

This webinar will:

  • Review how hate crimes are defined and classified under the Clery Act
  • Explore how incidents might be violations of policy but not a Clery crime statistic
  • Discuss helpful strategies to explain the distinctions between hate crimes under Clery versus bias related incidents in general
  • Share messaging for campuses to use to encourage reporting of all concerning bias-related incidents

This webinar will utilize the Classifying Hate Crimes professional development tool in this year’s NCSAM toolkit. We will be joined by John Lowery for this webinar whose background and expertise in student conduct, the Clery Act, and first amendment protections will support our discussions on drawing distinctions between hate crimes under Clery and bias incidents in general.

Timely Warning Analysis

Each day, incidents take place on college campuses that require evaluation by campus safety professionals to determine whether or not they warrant a timely warning for the campus community.  No matter how often this process takes place, new questions arise about how to best determine whether or not such an alert is needed.

Join us for this webinar to learn how you can use the Clery Center’s Timely Warning Guide, a tool for re-evaluating your timely warning policies and procedures and how to communicate about the intentions and uses of timely warnings on your campus. We will walk through this plan together during the webinar.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and Why it Matters

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) was passed in 1989 as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and requires institutions of higher education that receive federal funding to execute a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP) for its campus community.  As recently as 2010, oversight of this Act has fallen under the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) within the Department of Education, the same office responsible for Clery Act enforcement. Through conducting program reviews, the FSA has discovered various challenges that schools face in executing the requirements of this legislation, including, but not limited to, improperly representing information in an institution’s annual security report (ASR).

As this is the one area in an ASR where institutions can cross-reference to other materials, it is crucial to fully understand all of the information that needs to be in the ASR itself or in the cross-referenced materials in order for an institution to fully satisfy all Clery Act requirements.

Join us for this webinar as we:

  • Review each of the requirements that must be included within an institution’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP)
  • Examine tips and strategies for communicating about these requirements, either in an ASR or in general
  • Explore helpful cross-campus partnerships for meeting all requirements

What’s Your Message? Answering FAQS on Clery Compliance

Oftentimes answering what seems to be a simple, direct question on the Clery Act can turn into a half hour discussion because of background and context that needs to be explained or clarified. This webinar provides a space for you to bring your campus partners together to learn more about the foundational language and concepts of Clery which will, in turn, help strengthen their understanding of the regulations and intersections with their day-to-day work.  The first half of the webinar will be an overview of Clery-specific terms like Clery Act crimes, CSAs, and Clery geography.

The second half will be dedicated to answering frequently asked questions (FAQs) we have received from individuals on campuses about how to explain the Clery Act and its requirements to campus partners.  Use this webinar as a professional development opportunity for you and those you work with on a regular basis on Clery compliance so that all can feel a little more fluent in “speaking Clery”.

Past Years' Webinars

First Step: Building Clery/Title IX Reporting Structures

Strong, cross-campus collaboration for reporting incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking is essential in ensuring compliance under both the Clery Act and Title IX.

This webinar outlines the necessary foundations of reporting systems that complement each other, prevent double counting, take into account reports from both CSAs and Responsible Employees, and aggregate data from confidential reporting sources such as professional or pastoral counselors. We also discuss challenges that some CSAs, such as victim advocates or ombudspersons, face in their reporting responsibilities.

First Step: Understanding the Basics

Whether you have been responsible for ensuring Clery compliance for years or are brand new to a campus safety department, some aspects of compliance may generate more questions than others.

This webinar’s content will focus on answering frequently asked questions about Clery compliance.

Additionally, we will highlight how to make one of our newest resources, our Clery Fast Facts document, a valuable tool to use as you become your campus’ own Clery expert and explain implementation strategies to other campus constituents.

First Step: Training Campus Safety Professionals

Training campus professionals on various aspects of safety and violence prevention enables informed decision making when it counts. This webinar will air clips from our new free roll call video series created in partnership with Allied Universal (AUS) and give information on how to access and use them at your own institution. AUS will join us and share information on the importance of ensuring staff feel informed in their roles.

View this recording if you are unsure where to start when it comes to training new campus safety professionals or those new to a safety/security role on a college campus or are looking for new techniques or tools for doing so. You will learn tips to lay the groundwork for your own personalized training programs and find answers to frequently asked questions about how to train your team.

The following Public Safety Roll Call video clips were also referenced throughout the webinar and were viewed interactively during the session.

Please pause the recording and view these videos when prompted:

  1. CSA Video
  2. Sexual Violence & Higher Ed Video
  3. Trauma Informed Response to Reports Video
  4. Communicating with Your Campus Community Video
  5. “Part of the Fabric” Video

First Step: Effective Prevention Practices to Transform Your Campus Safety Efforts

It has been two years since the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act went into full effect, but many institutions still struggle with understanding and executing the primary prevention program and awareness campaign requirements for new and current students and employees. This webinar will provide an overview of these requirements and offer two tools to use help campuses assess and strategically plan their prevention efforts.

EVERFI’s Campus Prevention Network (CPN) has examined the current state of sexual assault prevention to identify positive national trends in higher education and spotlight areas that schools need to continue to focus their attention. During this webinar, Holly Rider-Milkovich, Senior Director of Prevention Education at EVERFI, will:

  • review a comprehensive framework for effective prevention
  • offer new insights on the state of sexual assault prevention across the country
  • spotlight several campus case studies of excellent prevention in action
  • share a new tool for all schools to assess and benchmark their prevention efforts, the Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory (SADI)

Clery Center will unveil a sample primary prevention programming plan that provides an example of what an academic year of programming could look like in tackling the required components highlighted within the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act for new students and employees as well as current students and employees.

Campus Sexual Violence: Student Rights, University Responsibilities, and Legal Liability Pursuant to the Clery Act & Title IX

This webinar will discuss the legal framework that establishes students’ rights and universities’ obligations with respect to sexual violence and harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking on college campuses.

The presentation will review the key requirements of the Clery Act and Title IX law and guidance, and will utilize real cases and scenarios to highlight the universities’ response, investigation, remediation, and reporting duties.

NCSAM Series: The Evolving Landscape of Title IX and Clery Compliance

This webinar is a panel discussion featuring Gina Maisto-Smith and Leslie Gomez of Cozen O’Connor Law Firm and Steven Healy of Margolis Healy to discuss the most recent updates in the world of Title IX and Clery enforcement by analyzing recent guidance release from the Department of Education and policy release by the NCAA.

This discussion will be moderated by Clery Center’s own Abigail Boyer, Associate Executive Director of Programs.

Institutions rarely ask the Clery Center “When is the annual security report due?”, demonstrating that many institutions are focused on the timeliness of the publication of this very important document.  This webinar will address some of the other areas of publishing the ASR that are not as black and white so participants walk away feeling prepared as they conduct a once over of their report before October 1st.  We will address common challenges such as how to tackle separate campuses, ensure disciplinary procedures and processes are noted for both students and employees, addressing the “hows” as much as the “whats” within policy statements for timely warnings and emergency notifications, and more.

The ability to keep our students safe relies on system-wide commitment, infrastructure, appropriate staffing, and adequate funding. However, these foundational elements are often nonexistent or insufficient for supporting policies and programs that will effectively address the challenges that threaten our students’ safety and wellbeing. This webinar will provide insights and strategies around elevating the prioritization and impact of prevention, focusing predominantly on high-risk drinking and sexual assault. Presenters will share campus examples and data-driven approaches for garnering the buy-in and resources needed to keep our students safe and successful at college and beyond.

At a time of continuous growth for institutions, there comes a need to redefine Clery geographic areas and boundaries.  Do you struggle identifying your non campus properties? Do you want to know what public property is now reportable when you widen the circle of your contiguous campus?  Do you not understand what category your study abroad programs fall under? You are not alone!

As institutions work to understand how crime impacts their own campus, the accurate and prompt collection of crime statistics becomes a powerful and critical tool.  Join us for this webinar on September 21st focused on identifying, evaluating, and refining methods that ensure accurate collection of reports of Clery Act crimes from your campus security authorities and overall campus community.

This webinar, presented by the Clery Center in partnership with the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, will share insight regarding evidence information practices to reduce high-risk drinking and associated negative consequences.

A year into the implementation of the VAWA Amendments to the Clery Act, institutions are examining their work in primary prevention, awareness campaign creation, and disciplinary processes for the crimes of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.  This webinar will address how these requirements intersect with Title IX, guiding practices for designing a user friendly and comprehensive written notification, tips for creating inclusive and representative bystander intervention programs, and revisiting what risk reduction means as defined in the Clery Act. Participants will walk away with tangible action items to address these frequent areas of concern and enhance their work against sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

Two federal laws, the Clery Act and Title IX, dictate campus response to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The requirements within each law complement each other; however, possible conflicts often arise in practice. This webinar will provide practical considerations for coordination and integration.