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2016 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum

2016 Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum

March 7, 2016 Pre-Conference Training
March 8 - 9, 2016 Main Conference
March 10, 2016 Post Conference Training
Renaissance Hotel
Portsmouth, VA


Mark your calendars for the “Virginia Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum,” March 7-10, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, Virginia hosted by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in partnership with the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (VACLEA). The forum will bring together experts in the field of violence prevention, campus sexual assault, the Clery Act, Title IX, threat assessment, and mental health to discuss the latest research, policies, legal challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation, and reporting issues. 

Leading national experts will discuss critical issues that impact the policies and procedures that must be in place for the proper management and investigation of sexual assaults, the Clery Act and Title IX compliance, and other safety and violence prevention initiatives.  Structured to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to these complex campus and community public health issues, attendees will have significant opportunities to share expertise and resources with colleagues from across the country. 

Conference Topics

  • Active Shooters and Violent Incidents on Campus
  • Alcohol Awareness and Prevention
  • Bystander Intervention Training into a Crime Prevention Platform 
  • Creating Dynamic Teams to Address Clery and Title IX Compliance
  • Dating Violence
  • Intersection between Title IX and Clery
  • Interviewing Suspects
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Rethinking the Art & Science of Suspect Interviews
  • Sexual assault
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Synthetic Drugs
  • Threat Assessments Within the Higher Education Setting
  • Trauma and Sexual Assault Risk Assessment, Evaluation Panels and Coordination of Information: The Virginia Model 
  • And More!

March 7, 2016: Pre-Conference - The Impacts of VAWA on the Intersection between Title IX and Clery: Practical Considerations for Coordination and Integration - Leslie M. Gomez and Gina Maistro Smith, Pepper Hamilton, LLP

 This session will focus on the complex issues involved in coordinating campus responses in light of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.  Following the finalization of the negotiated regulations in October 2014, educational institutions are required to fully implement VAWA as of July 2015.  This session will focus on the intersection of Title IX and Clery with respect to: policy development, effective oversight of Clery and Title IX responsibilities, coordination of parallel investigations, the overlap between Campus Security Authority and responsible employee designations, and recent practices regarding memoranda of understanding.  The session will offer practical advice and guidance based on the presenters’ experiences at public and private institutions across the nation.    

March 10, 2016: Post Conference – Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is designed with colleges’ and universities’ unique culture and resources in mind. Training students, faculty and others in higher education settings how to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses or to assist young adults in a mental health crisis can help lessen the severity and impact of mental illnesses.

The course includes:

  • A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health
  • A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by the higher education population
  • Applying the ALGEE action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, administration and students
  • A review of the mental health resources available on campus and through partnerships in the community

*Please note that this session is limited to 35 participants

Who Should Attend?

Campus police and security personnel, municipal law enforcement with a connection to institutions of higher education, student conduct professionals, Title IX coordinators and investigators, counseling and women’s center professionals, prosecutors, mental health professionals, victim advocates, residence life staff, and other interested campus or community personnel.

Partial In-Service Credit

Partial in-service credit for law enforcement officers, campus security officers and private security is available.

Cost and Registration

$100.00 registration fee for the Virginia Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum includes all general conference activities on Tuesday, March 8 and Wednesday, March 9, plus the pre-conference training on Monday, March 7 and the post conference training on March 10, while space is available. 

*Please note that space is limited in the Pre and Post Conference trainings.  Pre-registration online is required for these specialized trainings. 

CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after February 22, 2015. Substitutions will be permitted.

Vendor fee - $500

Dates and Location

March 7, 2016 – Pre-Conference Training – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

March 8-9, 2016 – Main Conference – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM each day

March 10, 2016 – Post Conference Training 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Hotel
425 Water Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Travel, Lodging & Meals

Attendees requiring reservations at the Renaissance Hotel should use this link: Campus Safety & Violence Prevention Forum  or call the hotel directly at (757) 673-3000. Please mention the “Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Forum 2016” to receive the $89 plus tax per night rate. The cut-off date for reservations is currently Sunday, February 14.  After this date, the rooms at this rate are not guaranteed to be available.

Conference participants staying at the hotel will receive a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning.  Lunch will be served to all registered participants each day of the conference. On-site complementary parking is also available for all registered participants. Participants are responsible for their transportation, lodging, and other meal costs.


A limited number of scholarships for registration fees and/or lodging are available. A limited number of scholarships for registration fees and/or lodging are available. If your registration and/or lodging scholarship application is approved, you will be registered for the conference and your name will be placed on the conference lodging list – please do not register yourself or make hotel reservations. DCJS will do this on your behalf. Click here to download the scholarship application.



  • Pre-registration is required.

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees will only be refunded if cancellation notice is given two (2) weeks prior to training/conference. Another registrant can be substituted for the pre-registered participant at no cost.

For More Information, Contact:

Marc Dawkins
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Kristina Fawcett
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