Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made it one of their top priorities to investigate and discipline institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts they say have mishandled campus sexual assault claims. This trend will certainly continue as federal and state legislation is introduced, calling for increased financial penalties against campuses that don’t comply with Title IX or the Clery Act. Additionally, more sexual assault victims are filing lawsuits against colleges or districts, alleging their rights under Title IX and the Clery Act have been violated.
To help universities and schools address these challenges, Campus Safety magazine will be offering four presentations on Clery Act and Title IX compliance at its National Forum June 24-26.
- Clery Training: On June 24, Alison Kiss and Abigail Boyer of the Clery Center for Security On Campus will present a four-hour, in-depth session on Clery Act compliance and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments. For more information on this session, click here.
- Title IX & K-12 Schools: While Title IX applies to all schools receiving federal funding, it has not been addressed in detail at the K-12 level. This June 25 presentation from legal analyst, consultant and advocate Jules Irvin-Rooney aims to remedy the lack of information currently available. For more information, click here.
- The Intersection of Title IX & Clery: Implementing the VAWA Amendments: On June 25, S. Daniel Carter of the 32 National Campus Safety Initiative VTV Family Outreach Foundation will address how the VAWA amendments intersect with existing Title IX requirements and provide practical information about developing practices that are consistent with both sets of guidelines. For more information, click here.
- U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill Keynote: On June 25, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) will provide an overview of her proposed legislation, called the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which is designed to improve how institutions of higher education handle sexual assault claims. For more information, click here.
If you have concerns about your campus or district’s compliance with these important laws, I encourage you to participate in these sessions. Click here to register today for the Campus Safety National Forum.