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News Release
April 7, 2003

Violence Goes to College

Denver, Colorado - Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge for the Rocky Mountain Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proud to announce the Violence Goes to College: Prevention, Interruption and Disaster Management Conference on May 18-20, 2003, at Regis University. Topics to be covered include hazing, homicide, drug-facilitated sexual assaults, rioting, and other difficult problems. The conference will provide thorough and practical approaches to handling violence on today's college campuses.

"The world has changed. The potential for violence has touched us all. As a co-sponsor of this conference we at DEA want to educate educators and ultimately inform college students about the dangers associated with at-risk behaviors. We don't want even one more person being victimized," said Special Agent in Charge Sweetin.

The conference will be beneficial to professionals in higher education to educate themselves in strategies and techniques to assess, prevent, and intervene in violent campus situations, and handle the aftermath. Regis University is hosting the event and co-sponsors include the Rocky Mountain Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Nicoletti-Flater Associates, Security on Campus, Inc., The Higher Education Center's "Network," the University of Colorado, Charles C. Thomas, and the Bacchus and Gamma Peer Education Network.

With recent headlines of student shootings and the Federal Government's alarming warning that campuses could be targets for terrorist attacks, colleges realize more than ever how vulnerable to violence they can be.

The conference is practical for: campus law enforcement, judicial affairs officers, prevention professionals, counselors, risk managers, human resource personnel and other personnel on college campuses whom might be involved in prevention, intervention, and disaster management.

For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Dennis Follett, Demand Reduction Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration at 303-705-7353 or Sally Spencer-Thomas, Regis University, at 303-458-4323. Public Affairs/Media questions can be directed to Special Agent Daniel Reuter, Public Information Officer at 303-705-7384.

Visit www.regis.edu/preventviolence for online information and/or registration.

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