Think About It: A harm reduction and social responsibility online training program.


Friday, March 8, 2013
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hughes Trigg Forum

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Think About It:
A harm reduction and social responsibility online training program.

The University of San Francisco has developed an online training program for students and faculty which teaches the importance of harm reduction practices on campus. They worked with over forty focus-groups of students, as well as student designers, videographers, and more, to create the program itself. This is why they think students like it so much better than other online programs.

The course is not the only program. Once students arrive on campus, we are developing the second phase of the program called “Talk About It,” that uses the data we collect from the students to engage them in conversations. For example, about 40% of our students report being sexually active, and of those, 60% have used alcohol while engaging in sexual activity in the past three months. We may want to talk about that. It also has a series of posters that we have for passive programming in the residence halls.

The third and final component is a bystander intervention model called “Do Something About it” which we are slowly developing. The focus of the entire program is to use the online course as a springboard for wide-ranging programming and peer-based interventions.

Some important features:

The course covers 4 areas:
hook-up culture
safer partying
sexual assault and harassment
healthy relationships.

-Given to students in the two weeks prior to their arrival in campus.
-Developing a follow-up “refresher” three and six months after the freshman arrive.
-It is highly interactive and provides about 55 survey questions interspersed throughout the program.
-You can incentivize it any way you like. (We may give the top 25 scorers first choice in housing).
-The course is open for a year, so students can go back to it at any time.
-Administrators can use it for sanctioning.

After the demonstration of the course, we will have an opportunity to discuss with Dr. White the possibility of utilizing this program at SMU.

Please reserve your seat before Thursday, MAR 7th  to:

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Legal Issues in Higher Education explains the Title IX “Dear Colleague Letter”


Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Acers Conference Room – Hegi Career Center , Hughes-Trigg Suite 200

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About the Webinar: The “Dear Colleague Letter” and the new Title IX Regime

It has been just over one year since the Department of Education issued its “Dear Colleague Letter” meaningfully explaining, and many would say altering, the world of Title IX training and compliance.

This session will explain:

  • The Letter
  • Recent Department of Education enforcement of Title IX
  • Best practices on your campus to comply with Title IX

The presenter is Jim Keller, who is a Partner at Saul Ewing, LLP. An experienced litigator in trial and appellate courts, Jim has extensive experience defending colleges and universities, advising higher education institutions on liability issues, and shepherding them through internal investigations.

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Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Investigations

Free Webinar.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hegi Career Center Conference Room, Hughes-Trigg Suite 200

Please RSVP to by October 10, 2012.

April 2011 saw a flurry of activity on higher education campuses nationwide in reaction to OCR’s Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that provided guidance to all institutions that receive federal funding to treat student allegations of sexual assault as a form of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. This guidance caused a shift for most schools from complaint driven processes or a lack of a clear process to a civil rights investigatory process for all student allegations of sexual assault and other forms of gender discrimination. If you have recently been handed Title IX responsibilities or are struggling with how to conduct a Title IX compliant investigation this webinar will show you the basic requirements as well as give you a model that you can take away and use as is or modify to suit your institution’s need

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ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners


When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Hegi/CEL Training Room, Hughes-Trigg Suite 200

In July 2010, the NASPA Board of Directors and the ACPA Governing Board approved Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Practitioners. Join your colleagues for an informative webinar about the competencies!

This set of Professional Competency Areas is intended to define the broad professional knowledge, skills, and, in some cases, attitudes expected of student affairs professionals regardless of their area of specialization or positional role within the field. All student affairs professionals should be able to demonstrate their ability to meet the basic list of outcomes under each competency area regardless of how they entered the profession. This webinar will help participants understand the history behind the competencies and will provide some current ways the competencies are being used in each association.

Please RSVP to as seating is limited.

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Responding to a Student Death on Campus: Preparing for the Unthinkable


Date/Time: Tuesday, February 14th – 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Hughes-Trigg Forum

This past fall proved to be another tough year for some college communities that lost a student unexpectedly. Whether related to physical or mental health challenges, poor decision-making or unexplained circumstances, the loss of any young life is tragic and difficult to prepare for. When the lights of students – our brightest hope – are snuffed out prematurely, it can be devastating.

A part of any responsible campus crises plan must include provisions for dealing with student deaths. Regardless of circumstances, how a campus responds can make all the difference to the immediate family impacted and the campus community in mourning.

Community and individual reactions will be varied and will elicit a wide range of responses. The institution needs to be fully prepared to deal with a variety of possible tragedies, scenarios and responses.

Whatever the campus response, it must take into account – and respect – the different needs and situations that will arise.

This unique, interactive webinar will take a fresh look at campus preparations for a possible student death. You will have the unique opportunity to explore responses to three different fatality cases that involved students – real world tragedies with real background on how institutions dealt with these situations.

Please RSVP before FEB 13th to:

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Assessment Webinar Series

Assessment Webinar Series

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Ensuring Clery Act Compliance

FREE Webinar
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Noon – 2pm
Hughes Trigg Forum

February 2011 marked the distribution of the largest expansion to “The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting” since the Clery Act was first enacted in 1990.

Failure to follow the guidance contained in the new handbook can result in costly civil penalties, intense negative publicity, and suspension from federal aid programs. Now is the time to reassess whether your institution is meeting its regulatory requirements.

Join Doug Tuttle, Instructor, Policy Scientist, and Coordinator of Local Government Training, University of Delaware, online for a comprehensive look at how to meet your ongoing Cleryobligations. With an eye on the new handbook and its revised guidelines, you will learn about:

  • Annual report requirements, including filing
  • Clery crime classification definitions and incident tabulation
  • Daily crime log needs
  • Dealing with multi-campus and quasi-campus issues
  • Creating a compliance team and addressing a program review
  • Using Department of Education resources to stay out of trouble

Brought to you by:
SMU Police Department and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

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The Digital Student Era – Helping or Hurting?

FREE Student Affairs Webinar (Brought to you by your colleagues in Leadership & Community Involvement.)

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
TIME: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Hughes Trigg, Atriums A & B
RSVP: Please RSVP before April 25, 2011 to Troy Behrens at

Facebook, foursquare, blogs, texting, Twitter…the list goes on and on! How are students managing all of these digital tools? Are they using digital resources effectively to improve their studies and projects? Or is media overtaxing their ability to excel in school?

In this webinar, Jennifer Latino from Campbell University shows how schools can help their students use the many digital options to their benefit–not detriment. Without this structure, the “digital era” can take over a student’s life, leaving them overwhelmed, distracted, and losing ground in their academics and goal-setting.

In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Helping students find balance between digital effectiveness and real-world experiences
  • Examples of long-term impacts of digital resources on students, both positive and negative
  • How you can teach students to manage these tools effectively

About the presenter:

JLatino.jpg Jennifer Latino has a breadth of experience working in various areas of student learning and support, including student activities, leadership programs, residence life, and many aspects of the first-year experience. As Associate Director for University 101 Programs at the University of South Carolina, Latino assisted in the direction of the nationally recognized first-year seminar. She began work at Campbell University in December 2010 as Director of the First-Year Experience where she is developing the Campbell University Freshman Seminar and providing leadership for a variety of firstyear initiatives.

Jennifer Latino is the co-author of several published works, including “Connections: An Insider’s Guide to College Success” and “Designing Successful Transitions: A Guide for Orienting Students to College.” Latino also served as an author and editor for “Transitions: Building a New Community,” the common textbook used in the first-year seminar at the University of South Carolina.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Latino received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1999 and went on to obtain a Master of Education in higher education from North Carolina State University in 2001. She earned an Ed.D. in higher education from Florida State University in 2007.

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Ensuring Clery Act Compliance

FREE Student Affairs Webcast

DATE: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Hughes Trigg Forum
RSVP: Please RSVP before January 25, 2011 to Troy Behrens at

Learn how to stay in compliance with your daily and annual
Clery Act reporting obligations.

October 2010 marks the first time your institution’s Jeanne Clery Act crime disclosure reports must meet the standards set by the new 2009 regulations.

Failure to comply with these revisions can result in costly civil penalties, intense negative publicity, and suspension from federal aid programs. Now is the time to reassess if your institution is meeting its regulatory requirements moving forward.


With an eye on the effects of the revised regulations, you will learn about:

    Annual report requirements, including filing

  • Clery crime classification definitions and incident tabulation
  • Daily crime log needs
  • Dealing with multi-campus and quasi-campus issues
  • Creating a compliance team and addressing a program review
  • Using Department of Education resources to stay out of trouble


The event will address the Clery reporting requirements that affect the responsibilities of campus police/security personnel, student affairs professionals, and legal counsel. Participants will learn how to stay in compliance with their daily and annual reporting obligations.

Doug Tuttle, Instructor, Policy Scientist, and Coordinator of Local Government Training, University of Delaware

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Becoming a Successful Higher Education Leader: “What does it take?”

Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time: 9:00am – 11:00 pm CST
Location: The Palmer Conference Center, 4th Floor of the new Caruth Building (Lyle School of Engineering) (view map)
RSVP: Please RSVP before noon on December 1, 2010 to Troy Behrens at

Open to all Student Affairs Staff

Webinar Overview
Learn the key principles of successful leadership in higher education and student affairs administration from this distinguished panel of experts:

Vanneise Collins, Ph.D.
Director/Center for Learning & Development
UNT Health Science Center

vanneisecollins.jpg Dr. Collins’ experience in the area of student development has been at both four-year and two-year institutions of higher learning. Prior to her university level, student affairs experience, she served at Brookhaven College as Dean of Student Support Services & Human Development and later Executive Dean for Learning Support Services & Social Sciences working with community college students and faculty. However, in 1999, Dr. Collins changed roles and became Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Univ. of Arkansas-Monticello working within a four year university student model. While at UAM, she eventually left the student affairs ranks and returned to her early career as a faculty member. She joined the faculty of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences as their dean. In 2008, Dr. Collins returned to Dallas and began working as a grant writing consultant working with various non-profit agencies. This lead to her current role with the UNT’s Health Science Center to assist them in developing their Quality Enrichment Plan in preparation for launching their new medical school and M.D. degree program.

John L. “Jack” Baier, Ph.D.
Professor of Higher Education
UNT College of Education


Dr. Baier spent the first 24 years of his career in higher education as a full-time student affairs administrator and part-time faculty member teaching in higher education graduate programs at Southern Ill. Univ., Univ. of Nebraska, Texas Tech Univ., and the Univ. of Alabama-Tuscaloosa. He has served in various student affairs positions at various institutions ranging from Director of Student Activities and Student Center, Asst. Dean of Students, Dean of Students, Asst. VP for Student Affairs to eventually, the Vice President of Student Affairs. His last 20 years has been as a full time faculty member and part-time academic administrator. Dr. Baier currently serves on various university committees and previously held the directorship for UNT???s Center of Higher Education as well as Chairman of the Department of Higher and Adult Education.

V. Barbara Bush, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education
& Coordinator of HE Masters’ Programs


Dr. Bush has extensive experience in the area of student affairs administration and educational instruction. Her previous student affairs positions were in the areas of student housing and residential life, campus activities, and student discipline. She has served in these roles at Scripps College, CSU-Los Angeles, CSU-Northridge, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and Illinois State University. In 2002, Dr. Bush left her administrative career for one of full-time teaching and academic scholarship at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she has served as program coordinator for masters’ programs and the principal investigator for three early college high school programs in the DFW area.

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