Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act

Report
Title IX/VAWA/Clery Act
CUSP 2014 FALL MEETING
Our Purpose Today
• Highlights for Title IX, VAWA, Clery Act
• Practical takeaways related to:
• Program development
• Coordinated sexual harassment/assault campus programs
Title IX - Highlights
• Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972) protects people from
discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities.
• Examples of the types of discrimination covered under Title IX include:
• Failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics
• Limiting access based on pregnancy
• Sexual harassment (sexual assault is considered an extreme form of harassment)
• Office of Civil Rights provides guidance.
Title IX - Highlights
• Three standards for sexual harassment, behavior that:
• Is sexual in nature
• Is unwanted in nature
• Prevents/limits access to educational programs and activities
• Jurisdiction
• On campus
• Off campus events sponsored by the college
• Anything off campus that impacts students while on campus
Title IX and Student Programs
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Ensure student access to information
Awareness building; if you see something, say something
Everyone is responsible for compliance
Off campus issues
http://knowyourix.org/tips-from-the-ground-student-government-andstudent-activism-case-studies/
VAWA (Campus SaVE Act) - Overview
• Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 1994, is considered the cornerstone
of the US government’s response to domestic and sexual violence.
• Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act focuses on colleges.
• Reauthorized this year with significant changes to reporting and training.
VAWA and Student Programs
• The American Council on Education’s interpretation of VAWA required
training for students and staff/faculty includes:
• Statement prohibiting sexual assault/violence.
• Definition of sexual assault/violent.
• Definition of consent.
• Presentation of “safe and positive” options for bystander intervention.
• Presentation of abusive behavior signs and how to avoid potential attacks.
What About the Clery Act
and Student Conduct?
• Under VAWA, there are new provisions to the Clery Act:
• Record incidents of stalking based on the location
• Add gender identity and national origin as new categories of bias for a hate crime
• Include in annual security report a statement of policy regarding programs to prevent sexual
misconduct/stalking and the procedures the institution will follow for such crimes
• Under VAWA, there are new requirements for Student Conduct Codes:
• Describe each type of disciplinary proceeding used in cases of alleged sexual misconduct
• Provide the accuser and the accused the same opportunities to have an advisor of their
choice present during the disciplinary proceeding
Coordinated Response
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Involve relevant departments
Brainstorm multiple methods of training
Ensure a student friendly explanations of the process
Train student leaders; who hears more administrators or peers
Avoid 100% focus on victim centered prevention
More questions?
Ruby Hayden
425-739-8208 * [email protected]

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