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December 10th, 2013


Prevention Resources

Year in Review: Tip of the Week

Shifting from the Awareness Month to the Prevention Year

by Michelle Issadore, M.Ed.
Originally published July 16th, 2013

All of us are more than familiar with the awareness month paradigm – each cause has a month and each month has many causes. Many schools and campuses have embraced awareness month popularity, but to what effect?  Though well-intentioned, awareness months limit our notion of how and when to address critical health and safety issues. They tend to confine programming to 30-day windows, and foster programming at times that do not always gel well with school and campus calendars. They place the emphasis on raising awareness rather than improving prevention. SCOPE believes that prevention practitioners should break out of the awareness month mentality and instead look to a yearlong infusion of a planned prevention curriculum.

Click here to learn how a paradigm shift toward the prevention year can lead to demonstrable change in your campus community.

Year in Review: Spotlight

Moving Beyond Blue Lights and Buddy Systems: A National Study of Student Anti-Rape Activists

A Summary Report from SCOPE Prevention Partner, SAFER

Originally published April 16, 2013


View the Blog, provided throughout the month of April where the SAFER Evaluation Coordinator, Dr. Emily Greytak, shares more about the study and its findings.

Practicing Prevention Column

December 2013

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


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


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


Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist

Now Available: The ATIXA Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist

If you are wondering what you are required to train on, you could pour over all the OCR Dear Colleague Letters and Guidance on Title IX, read the Campus SaVE Act, digest the latest OCR decision letters from campuses that have been investigated, and compile all of that into a handy chart.  Or, you could let the experts from ATIXA do it for you. This checklist offers detailed and timely guidance to answer all of your questions.

Developed by our team of experts led by Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., this chart is an invaluable resource addressing frequency, audience, content, type timing and dosage, for all training, prevention, education, awareness and policy mandates and recommendations related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. ATIXA’s Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist is a life-saver and time-saver that distills all the new and existing requirements into a single, detailed and copiously researched chart that will help institutions examine current policies and procedures and develop a comprehensive training plan for faculty, staff and students. We know how valuable this tool is for your campus. That’s why we’ve made it possible for you to get it for free. 

JOIN ATIXA TODAY AND GET THE TITLE IX/SAVE ACT PREVENTION & TRAINING CHECKLIST (A $249 VALUE) AS A FREE GIFT! For a limited time only, with any new ATIXA membership purchased between Friday, November 8th, 2013 and April 15th, 2014, you will receive this valuable resource for FREE in both electronic and laminated poster versions!*

Non-members can purchase the ATIXA Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist directly from ATIXA for $249. This cost includes the 11” x 17” one-page, laminated poster, shipment directly to your campus and an electronic copy of the poster that can be distributed to relevant campus officials.

For more details on the checklist, information on purchasing this valuable resource online or to print your order form, visit our website here.

Contact Marianne Price, ATIXA Director of Educational Programs, at Marianne@atixa.org for additional information on the Title IX/SaVE Act Prevention & Training Checklist and how you can have this valuable resource for your campus/school.

*Applies to new ATIXA memberships only. Not available for membership renewals. Membership promotion cannot be applied to memberships purchased before November 8th, 2013 or after April 15th, 2014. 


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.



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.


News Articles

USA Today: Hazing embedded in campus culture?

The Atlantic: More School, Less Spirit: Why Young People Are Drinking Less Alcohol


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


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