6. SECURITY AWARENESS, CRIME PREVENTION & EDUCATION

a. Statement Addressing Security Awareness Programs

The University Police Operations, along with many campus partners and departments,offers a number of programs that promote security awareness. The University engages in comprehensive educational programming to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crime prevention programs to the UCCS campus community. UCCS is dedicatedto crime prevention and facilitate programs for students, staff, faculty, and the community by providing a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect themselves and their property. In addition to departmental programs, the Police Department cooperates with other units on campus to present security and safety programs. A common theme of all programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.

b. Statement Addressing Crime Prevention Programs

UCCS campus community personnel facilitate programs for students, parents, and employees, providing a variety of educational strategies and tips.

ONGOING RESOURCES:

Parking Enforcement Officers - Students conduct core campus and parking facility safety patrols on foot.

Safety Escorts – Police officers and security guards are available to provide safety escorts.

Tip: To enhance personal safety, and especially after an evening class, walk with friends or someone from class that you know well.

There were over 750 safety escorts this calendar year.

Crime Prevention Tips—Available on the Public Safety web site at http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/crime-prevention-tips.html.

THINK - is a drug and alcohol awareness committee on campus committed to raising awareness of the consequences of drug and alcohol use. For more information visit our website located at: http://www.uccs.edu/~pusafety/police/prevention/think-drug-and-aggression-defense-program.html. This committee meets 2-3 times each semester.

National Bike Registry – NBR is a program that offers an informational link between people whose bikes are stolen and the police who recover them. For more information visit http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/national-bike-registry.html

WeTip - Anonymous reporting system for crime, drugs, gangs, graffiti. (800) 78-CRIME
http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/wetip--anonymous-crime-reporting-.html

EDUCATIONAL and TEACHING RESOURCES:

Women's only Self-Defense Classes

  • Rape Aggression Defense -- (R.A.D.)- RAD is a hands-on, self-defense, and risk reduction education program. It is designed to teach the student realistic ways to defend and protect oneself from sexual and abductive assaults. University Police offer the following R.A.D. self-defense courses which are taught by nationally-certified instructors:http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/rape-aggression-defense-program-.htmlThis class is offered 6-10 times each semester.
  • Basic Self Defense: Twelve-hour course for women designed to teach empowerment, Risk Reduction and self-defense techniques. This class is available upon request.

MAKING POSITIVE CHOICES - This is a 20-30 minute presentation given to incoming students who are first year and transfer students. This presentation addresses overall campus safety for students, drug and alcohol awareness, sexual harassment, assault prevention, and emergency preparedness procedures. This program is offered 25 - 30 times a year prior to the beginning of each semester.

CHOICES - an alcohol or marijuana awareness program for college students involving interactive journaling. The CHOICES program involves a 90-minute, peer-facilitated class. Throughout the course students are presented with information and then they are able to reflect on what they have learned as it relates to their choices about alcohol or marijuana use. The CHOICES program is presented in a non-confrontational manner that enables students to make their own decisions about alcohol or marijuana. Because the central focus of this program is to help students make informed choices, the journal is set up to provide participants with information and then they are asked to apply what they have learned in a series of self-reflective questions. We offer this program twice a month during the academic year.

SIDNE (Simulated Impaired DriviNg Experience) - SIDNE is a battery-powered vehicle that simulates alcohol and drug impairment for the driver. This program is given on-campus as well as to local high schools. We offer this program twice a year on campus, twice a year off-campus at local high schools, and twice a year at other off-site community locations.

Alcohol Awareness Seminar - this program emphasizes the personal effect of alcohol use through Fatal-Vision goggles as well as the legal implications. http://www.uccs.edu/pusafety/police/prevention/alcohol-awareness-program.html This seminar is given several times per year and is also incorporated into the SIDNE seminars.

Resident Assistant Training - each of the presentations is broken into two sessions. One session is for discussion on safety awareness and police interaction. The other session is for practical application in the field. The sessions are presented in the fall and spring semesters and presentation times average from two to four hours for each session. This training is presented twice a year.

Refuse to Be A Victim - A three-hour class that presents crime prevention, theft reduction, personal awareness, and home and office security tips and concepts. These classes are free and open to the campus and local community. This class is offered twice a year for specific campus departments or upon request.

Bicycle Safety -- Police Officers assigned to the Police Mountain Bike Patrol offer classes on bicycle safety and skills to a variety of age groups to include preschooland elementary age. This program is given once each summer at the on-campus day-care facility.

Shots Fired: When Lightning Strikes. Public Safety personnel discuss with students, staff and faculty the issues surrounding an active shooter situationon a college campus. The cornerstone of this training is the "Shots Fired on Campus" DVD. This 20 minute video is also available for viewing on thePublic Safety website. This video is shown during various emergency preparedness trainings on campus.

Maximize your Buzz - Hosted by Office of Student Activities and the Dean of Students Office. Educates students on the dangers of high risk drinking, creative ways of saying no, and weighing out your choiceswhen faced with that decision. It also offered significant data about college students, drug information, and how it relates to UCCS. Approx. attendance: 101

Alcohol Awareness and Violence Prevention Tabling - Hosted by Office of Student Activities. These programs are held 2 days prior to a campus dance party or music jam,etc.to educate students to the dangers of high risk drinking, how the feeling of intoxication can be perceived via intoxication goggles, and how judgment isimpaired and will affect those around you. The program also discusses how to approach situations that contain violent acts toward one another and talksabout how to be a bystander in those situations.

Black-out Night Root Beer pong. Hosted by the Dean of Students Office. This event was educating students about what is a standard drink and BAC levels.

Safe Spring Break. Hosted by the Dean of Students Office. This event held prior to spring break, provided education about impaired driving, binge drinking, and personal safety.

Travel Safety. Hosted by representatives from Student Life and the Dean of Students Office who meet with students approved to travel by the department of Student Life and Leadership. Training includes travel safety, financial logistics as well as risk management, the student code of conduct, sexual harassment and discrimination prevention and alcohol/drug/violence prevention.

Sexual Harassment and Risk Management. This online training, hosted by Student Life& Leadership and the Dean of Students Office, conducts a power point presentation and associated quiz designed to educate student club leaders about policies, resources, best practices and reporting requirements related to club and event management. This training is required of all club officers and 675 quizzes were completed.

Bystander/Anti-Bullying Education Training Program (training program hosted by the greeks)- This program was hosted by Office of Student Activities and the Greek life community for all of campus. It provided bystander training techniques, the dangers of bullying, data across the united states, and the importance of taking a stand while in college. Approx attendance: 56

Anti-R Word Campaign- Hosted by Office of Student Activities. This campaign educated students in a passive way regarding the amount of college students nationally who face mental disabilities, how they have succeeded and how using the word "retarded" can be considered a hate crime.

Health Bingo. Hosted by Student Health Center. This program was presented at two freshman seminar sections and on two occasions in residential housing. A wide variety of health and safety information is provided.

The UCCS Counseling Center hosted four presentations on safety related topics to the UCCS community. These presentations included: relationship violence, substance abuse, mental health crises and emergencies.

Respect on Campus - ROC/ Violence Preventionhttp://www.uccs.edu/roc/index.html

This office raises awareness and increases knowledge about dating and domestic abuse, stalking and sexual assault with the goal to end a culture of violence. In accordance with the U.S. Office of Violence Against Women, ROC serves as a violence prevention program to the UCCS community (students and employees). ROC offers support group meetings, healthy relationship workshops and presentations, bystander intervention training, recognizing warning signs of abusive behavior education, student development events, campaigns and support, Military outreach, and much more.

ROC offers primary prevention programming and strategies to stop domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking through the changing of social norms and other approaches. Awareness programs discuss the nature and number of cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking along with associated risk factors, and statistics on the outcomes of disciplinary proceedings.

In 2013, ROC put on the following programs.

Inclusive Response Training (7) Training for UCCS employees that covers the dynamics of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and stalking in the context of historically marginalized experiences: racial/ethnic minorities, people living with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The mandatory reporting requirement is explained, and participants build response skills that are sensitive to students and culturally competent.

Awareness/Bystander presentations (21) An introduction to the issues of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking, this presentation highlights the essential facts and engages students in thinking how they would help a friend in trouble.

Media and Violence presentation (3) Students are challenged in these presentations to think critically about why interpersonal violence is so prevalent in our society. How does our culture foster values, attitudes, and beliefs that normalize violence? What role do media play in promoting domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking? These concepts are discussed in an effort to challenge - and ultimately change - a culture of violence.

In Their Shoes (5) This is a simulation that takes participants through a real experience of relationship abuse. Learning to think and feel the way a victim/survivor would in an abusive relationship, participants learn about warning signs, patterns of power and control, barriers in the legal and criminal justice systems, and effective and ineffective bystander intervention strategies. Participants walk through stations, making decisions that affect the course of their situation. (Diversity in age, ethnicity, sex, and orientation are represented).

Interactive Theater (3) This is a dramatic role play that engages every audience member. 2 actors (either ROC staff or student volunteers) play the main roles of 2 people in an abusive relationship. One is the "abuser" and one is the "victim/survivor." Every audience member is given a bystander character role (i.e., mother) and 1 line to say. The couple's story unfolds as everyone reads their line. Students are able to interact with the 2 main actors in character after the skit concludes. (Heterosexual and Non-heterosexual versions are available).

Dynamics of Sexual Assault (2) Myths and stereotypes that promote victim blaming are especially common in our attitudes toward campus sexual assault. In order to engage students in this sensitive topic, important facts concerning sex assault are often taught using "Myth or Fact" games. Additional issues, including consent, reporting, and characteristics of offenders, are explored

Introduction/Resources (every freshman orientation - 10) Incoming freshmen are given basic information about UCCS policy, issues related to intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual assault, and campus and community resources (including victim resources).

Abuse in the Workplace (2) This presentation explores the warning signs of workplace harassment and abuse and provides intervention techniques. Domestic Violence affecting the workplace is also explored.

Planned Parenthood: Healthy Relationships, Refusal Skills, Talk is Power (1 of each) ROC contracted with the Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood to offer three workshops to UCCS students. Healthy Relationships covers positive dynamics in relationships, refusal skills covers consent and assertive communication during sex decision-making, and talk is power trains professionals on how to communicate effectively about sexual health issues with young people.

Bystander Intervention (4) In these presentations, we examine in depth the unique roles we can play and options that may be available to us as effective bystanders in situations of violence or abuse. Using real scenarios and role-playing exercises, we address some common reasons bystanders hesitate to respond in such situations and equip them with tools to intervene effectively.

THE FOLLOWING SEMINARS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST:

Overall Safety Seminars— These seminars have included Winter Driving Tips, Fire Safety, and Personal Risk Management

Robbery Prevention - This seminar gives tips on how to survive armed robbery and be a good witness. This seminar is given to cashiers and those who handle cash. This is seminar presentation averages two times per semester.

Theft and Fraud Seminars - These presentations are usually given to people working in areas where check and credit card fraud occurs, (such as the Bookstore, Bursar's Office, Recreation Center, etc.). The seminar covers commonly used scams, how to recognize them, and what to do when they occur. This seminar is given to those who handle cash, checks and credit cards. This seminar presentation averages two times per semester.

Dealing with Difficult People. This presentation is given to campus departments who are customer-oriented and provides them information and tips on how to deal with angry and disruptive customers. This program averages four times each year.

Security Surveys - University police evaluate a facility's physical security and makes recommendations for improvements. This program averages twice a year.

Drug and Alcohol Information Seminars - These talks cover recognition of Controlled substances, the effect on people, and what to do if one suspects that someone is using or selling drugs. This seminar is presented twice a semester and only available upon request.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:

Red Cross Certifications – Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED and First Aid

Emergency Preparedness/Readiness Training - This seminar looks at the weatherrelated and man-made hazards that exist in Colorado and on any college campus. The discussion ranges from lightning, major accidents, evacuation, shelter in place, dangerous weapons on campus, active shooter, behavioral intervention, emergency notification, situational awareness, and may include several hands-on exercises. Recipients of this training include Residence Life and individual departments.

Floor Coordinator Training - Public Safety personnel put campus floor coordinators through their paces. This training is designed to provide coordinators with additional knowledge about evacuations, sheltering in place, and appropriate response to emergency situations. This training is given annually.

Lab Safety Training - There are 2 levels of this course. The basic level is for students enrolled in a laboratory class. They take a short on-line course designed to make them aware of the hazardspresent in a laboratory situation and how to respond to an emergency in the laboratory environment. The advanced level is taken by everyone who works (including student employees, volunteers graduate students, etc.) in a laboratory environment. It goes into greater depth about the hazardspresent in laboratory settings. It covers both hazardous materials and physical hazards. It goes intogreater detail about emergency response during a laboratory incident. It also covers instructor andresearcher responsibilities associated with supervising the safety of those students either enrolled ina course or working in a research laboratory.

In addition to the above programs, information is disseminated to students and employees through crime prevention awareness packets, security alert posters, displays, videos, and articles and advertisements in university and student newspapers. Consult the calendar of events in the University Center and the student newspaper for scheduled topics and times.