Securing our Future: 2016 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Conference

Presented by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Department of Higher Education
Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
Attorney General's Office

Campus leaders from across the state convened in Worcester on September 28, 2016 to share best practices and insights, and attend trainings on violence prevention and response. By encouraging
cross-sector collaboration, the conference focused on a systemic approach to addressing campus safety and violence through governance, planning, protocols, and communication.


Opening Remarks

Carlos E. Santiago

Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Michael Moore

Joint Committee of Higher Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Karyn Polito

Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Maura Healey

Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Daniel Bennett

Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Marty Meehan

President, University of Massachusetts


Keynote Speeches

Protecting Students from Sexual Violence: Rights & Responsibilities Under Title IX

Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

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"I hope very much that their experience will not be marked by sexual violence and instead that they...can focus on the life of the mind rather than trying to protect their bodies."
– Catherine E. Lhamon

Sexual Assault: Brain, Experience, Behavior and Memory

James Hopper, Ph.D., Consultant; Teaching Associate, Harvard Medical School


"Most sexual assault cases are committed by repeat offenders, so even the response can be part of the prevention."
– James Hopper

Traumatic experiences have immediate, powerful and potentially long-lasting effects on the human brain. In his keynote address, James Hopper explains how fear and trauma can alter brain functioning during sexual assault.

Hopper explains brain-based experiences, behaviors and memory characteristics that are, unfortunately, still commonly misunderstood by many who work with victims of sexual assault.

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Task Force Report

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Presentation & Panel Discussion:

In January 2016, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education assembled a Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force, consisting of experts from around the state to include higher education Presidents, Campus Police Chiefs, Title IX Coordinators, and student leaders; representatives of the Commonwealth’s executive branch and agencies; and community-based practitioners.

Over the next six months, the Task Force, led by security consulting firm TSG Solutions, Inc., set out to address two risks that threaten our institutions of higher education: active shooter and sexual violence. They conducted a statewide survey designed to assess existing policies and practices on campus safety and violence prevention at the Commonwealth’s 29 public institutions of higher education, reviewed national best practices and emerging research in the associated subject areas, conducted campus visits and interviews with senior staff and students, and provided a comprehensive review of key findings—all of which contributed to the development of recommendations on how to best protect the campus community from harm.

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Morning Breakout Sessions

Strategic Risk Management

Current Issues in Threat Assessment and Management

Active Shooter Response / Enhanced Lockdown

Campus Sexual Assault Investigations; Practices and Challenges
(Municipal Police Training Committee)

Building Inclusive Sexual Violence Programs and Services:
From Awareness to Inclusion to Transformative Social Change

What on Earth is a Preponderance of Evidence?

Developing, Conducting and Using Campus Climate Surveys

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

The Federal Commitment to Addressing Campus Sexual Assault

Criminal Investigations on Campus: Collaborating Effectively with State and Local Law Enforcement

BOSAR: Behavioral Observation and Suspicious Activity Recognition

Developing Sustainable Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Programming

A View From Off-Campus: Ten Observations from External Title IX Investigators

Campus and Community: Working Together to Address Sexual Violence

Closing Plenary

Active Threats and Emergency Response: Lessons Learned


Juliette Kayyem

Founder, Juliette Kayyem Solutions


Suzanne M. Blake

Manager, Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity, MIT


Frederick Clark Jr., Esq.

President, Bridgewater State University


Edward F. Davis

President and CEO, Edward Davis, LLC


Jeff Hescock

Director of University Emergency Management and Business Continuity, UMass

Making Headlines

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