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SCOPE NEWSLETTER

October 29th, 2013

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Prevention Resources

Tip of the Week

Hazing's Perfect Storm - The American College Fraternity

by Gentry McCreary, Ph.D.

We are all familiar with the meteorological term known as the “perfect storm.” It is that rarest of phenomena in which multiple weather abnormalities converge in just the right place at just the right time to create a weather event of terrific magnitude. The term “perfect storm” has been generalized in modern culture as a catch-all phrase used to describe any situation in which circumstances align themselves to produce rare, and often dramatic, events. 

 

The title of this article may lead you to believe that my intention is to suggest that hazing is uniquely a problem with fraternities. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. The National Study of Student Hazing demonstrated that hazing exists in a large number of organizations on the college campus. The study showed that hazing is more prevalent in varsity athletics than it is in fraternities, and demonstrated that nearly half of all students involved in clubs and organizations in college have experienced hazing in high school. Aldo Cimino has documented the evolutionary psychology of hazing, arguing that the hazing of newcomers in groups is ingrained in human behavior, and that virtually all groups engage in some form of newcomer hazing. Hazing is certainly not a fraternity, or even a college, problem.

Over the next two weeks, this serialized Tip will offer an examination of two factors – the interplay of social status and conformity and the problem of absolute power – that are both unique to the fraternity culture and ultimately contribute to hazing’s perfect storm.

Spotlight

Engaging Bystanders to Prevent Sexual Violence Information Packet

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

This information packet provides a series of documents on bystander intervention, including current research, resources, and examples of bystander programs. It includes resources for sexual assault advocates and preventionists, as well as community members.

Practicing Prevention Column

October 2013

SCOPE is excited to share the October 2013 Practicing Prevention Column, authored by Visiting Scholar, Jason Laker, Ph.D.

 


Complying with the Campus SaVE Act

By now, many of you have taken a look at the VAWA Reauthorization section known as the Campus SaVE Act. This act is now law, with enforcement expected to kick in a year from now. Start planning now, because there is a lot to this new law. This amendment changes the Clery Act in ways much more substantive than previous amendments. While amendments before asked us to disclose existing policies, they largely did not require us to create new policies except for the set of amendments contained in the 1992 Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights. Now, those disclosures and rights have been largely eclipsed by the SaVE amendments, which will require us to develop significant new policy language, much of the content of which is prescribed by the SaVE Act.

We have a shortcut to SaVE you time. We have created template language to satisfy all of the new SaVE Act disclosure requirements (at least as best we can decipher them before regulations are issued). It's eight pages of model language containing policy and procedure information outlined by Title IX and Campus SaVE. This template is available from The NCHERM Group for $249. To purchase our SaVE disclosure template, visit our online store or contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387. Please note that our template only includes the new ASR required disclosures, not all updates that were made by SaVE, such as those involving hate crimes statistics and hate crime categories.

SCOPE members receive a 15% discount off the price of Campus SaVE Act Model Language Template. Contact Executive Director Michelle Issadore for more information!

 


Introducing The NCHERM Group Model Code Project: A Developmental Framework for a Code of Student Conduct

The NCHERM Group Model Code Project

Six higher education law and policy experts havecollaborated to offer a new model code of student conduct to the field. You can access the free model with this link, and we also invite you to contribute to our open-source code Wiki project, which allows the entire field to contribute to, critique and strengthen this model. Access the Wiki here. You'll find this model is a substantial departure from previous model codes, while it also builds on their significant foundations. We hope you will find our model useful in your future code revision efforts. The NCHERM Group continues to offer custom code writing and revision services if you prefer our expertise in tailoring our templates to your unique campus culture. Variations on the model code for private colleges and community colleges are also available. Please contact The NCHERM Group for details.

 


Prevention Audits

What We Do

Our goal is to help college and university offices working on prevention efforts to improve productivity, communication and to become more transparent when responding to administrative expectations. We provide a quality audit designed to address best practice industry standards in a solution-focused manner. Each audit is individually crafted and designed with a focus on the individual needs of the prevention office/committee as it fits into the larger campus community.

Who We Are

With years of experience working with public and private institutions with both large and small enrollments, Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Jane Stapleton, M.A. and Michelle Issadore, M.Ed. bring a wealth of knowledge, theory and practical application to an assessment.

The NCHERM Group’s Prevention Audit is based on its experience and expertise as well as standards established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, American College Health Association and now defunct Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.

Brett A. Sokolow is the founder, president and CEO of The NCHERM Group, a national multidisciplinary risk management consulting and law firm. He is recognized for his national leadership on systems-level solutions for safer schools and campuses. Jane Stapleton is a Co-Director of Prevention Innovations, is a lead developer and evaluator of the Know-Your-PowerTM Bystander Social Marketing Campaign. She is often called upon by campuses to consult on program development, direct services, and evaluation and prevention strategies. Michelle Issadore is the Executive Director of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). She works with institutions nationwide on improving prevention efforts and implementing best practices.

We Assess

  • Comparative, normed statistics on the staff:student ratio
  • Scope of practice and training of staff
  • Prevention programming efforts on suicide, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), eating disorders, mental health, bystander intervention, hazing, harassment and sexual health
  • Relationship between prevention office(s) and other departments; addressing budgets, scheduling, assessment, strategic planning, messaging, consistency, reinforcement and more
  • Comprehension, acquisition and retention of learning outcomes
  • Peer education
  • Alignment of prevention practices with climate survey and focus group results
  • Prevention strategy structure, composition, efficacy, integration and communication
  • Resource needs assessment
  • Mandated legislation compliance, such as the Campus SaVE Act, Clery Act, Title IX and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act
  • Web presence, accessibility and outreach via online resources
  • Staff satisfaction, performance concerns and professional development

For more information contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387.

 


Announcing SCOPE Co-Sponsored NCHERM Group Online TrainingsNCHERM Group Online Trainings

The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is a new endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

The NCHERM Group and its affiliated associations, SCOPE, ATIXA and NaBITA, have identified experts from numerous fields to bring you quality online programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault response, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.

Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule

Registration deadline is Friday, November 15.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 26.

Click here to view the full Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule.
Click here to read the official press release.

 


Webinars

Getting to Know the Campus SaVE Act - A Rapid Response Webinar on the VAWA Reauthorization

Originally presented on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Co-sponsored by The NCHERM Group, the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE) and the Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)

Click here to learn more about this webinar. To purchase your recording online, please click here.

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News Articles

The Huffington Post: 'Frontloading' among college students: Motivations and consequences

Half of Us: Dealing with..

The Huffington Post: College sexual assaults often go unreported, this idea could change that

Alternet.org: The complications of gender and booze: Men drink much more than women, but still enjoy sexist privileges

 


For more information on SCOPE, visit www.wearescope.org or contact:
Michelle Issadore, Executive Director
execdir@wearescope.org
116 E. King Street
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-1718
Fax: 610-993-0228

 

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