New Instructions on Title IX, the Clery Act, and Office for Civil Rights: Policies, Practices, Procedures and the Law (EDUD78A)

Presented By: Dr. Susan Strauss , Ed.D.
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 120 minutes
  • Thu, December 14, 2017
Event Description

Explore What the New OCR Guidance on Sexual Violence Means for Colleges and Universities

The U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) role and responsibility is to ensure equal access to education through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our K-12 and post-secondary schools/higher education. A university or college that fails to abide by OCR’s guidance may lose all of its federal funding. OCR issued formal guidance to all schools that explains that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also covers sexual violence, and lays out the specific Title IX requirements applicable to sexual violence. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has rescinded two guidance documents from the OCR, implemented during the Obama administration in September 2017 and a new interim Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct has been issued by OCR. While the new regulation dictates how colleges should comply with Title IX, there is currently a comment period before the final notice is implemented. The new regulations apply to OCR, however, Title IX law, the Clery Act, and the Violence Against Women Act (part of the Clery Act), are still the law of the land. What implications does this have for colleges? Does your campus have a prevention and intervention strategy to deal with sexual violence?  How do you ensure that Title IX and the Clery Act laws are adhered to? Might you be at risk to lose federal funding by not abiding by OCR’s guidance?

In this session, expert speaker Dr. Susan Strauss provides you with the necessary information to enhance your campus equity culture and minimize the risk of sexual violence and liability. Title IX has moved away from being a “girls in sports” law only. Today the law still involves equal access and funding for girls’ sports but it is so much more than that. Among other protections, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in education programs and activities in K-12 and higher education and requires that educational institutions provide for an equal education for females and males. The law includes discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and rape—a major issue on college and university campuses around the country. Research suggests college campuses are not responding to complaints of sexual violence according to Title IX law requirements, resulting in students’ physical and psychological trauma and violating their civil rights to an equitable education. In this session, Susan will discuss Title IX’s educational requirements, and the OCR guidance.

Not only does Title IX require that higher education institutions prevent and intervene on instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault, but it is joined by the Clery Act. The Clery Act is a federal law that requires that colleges and universities keep a public crime log, send emergency alerts about sexual assaults, train staff and aid victims. Recent lawsuits show that colleges and universities are not abiding by the Clery Act, and that Clery Act fines have more than doubled from their original amount, to $54,789 per violation, following the latest announcement by the Department of Education in April. Susan will discuss how you can comply with the Clery Act requirements. She will discuss how the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act intersects with the OCR guidance.

Session Highlights

  • Examine Title IX’s educational requirements
  • Discuss the Title IX coordinator’s role and responsibilities
  • Explore what the new OCR guidance on sexual violence means for colleges and universities
  • List the 5 steps to compliance with the Clery Act
  • Review the 2016 Department of Education’s interpretation of the Clery Act and its safety and security requirements
  • Discuss the relationship of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance
  • Explore OCR’s role and responsibility in enforcing sex equity and minimizing sexual violence in higher education
  • Examine the pushback from those men accused of sexual misconduct on campus

Who Should Attend

  • Title IX coordinators
  • Human rights officers
  • Deans
  • Investigators
  • Women’s studies professors
  • Risk management
  • Campus security

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Susan Strauss Ed.D.
Susan Strauss Ed.D. is an international speaker, trainer, consultant and recognized expert on harassment. She also conducts harassment and workplace bullying investigations and functions as a consultant to attorneys as well as an expert witness in harassment lawsuits. Her clients are from education, business, healthcar... More info