Therese Kattner

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What the SaVE Act Requires Us to Know about Sexual Violence

Campus employees accustomed to responding to sexual violence offenses as isolated incidents will need to broaden their thinking, according to Dorian Van Horn, a Senior Consultant with SIGMA Threat Management Associates. What seems like a single act of sexual violence might be part of a larger...

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Student Social Media Use and Conduct Codes

In November 2009, a mortuary science student at a university in Minnesota posted on Facebook that she [g]ets to play [with], I mean dissect, Bernie today. [Bernie was a name that she had given a cadaver she was dissecting as part of her program.] Let’s see if I can have a lab void of...

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Social Media and Student Privacy

Institutions, not just students, are responsible for what they make available through social media. Institutions should take care when posting information about students—including their images, their names, and details from their educational records.

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Social Media Restrictions and Student-Athletes

Nothing ever goes away on the Internet. For example, an Ohio State football player tweeted, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

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Proposal Would Limit School-Bank Partnerships on Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comments on proposed regulations that would limit how colleges and universities can partner with banks to deliver federal student aid refunds.

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Defining Consent for VAWA Compliance

The U.S. Department of Education’s final regulations within the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act VAWA do not define consent to sexual activity—a disappointment to those in higher education who had hoped that the Department would spell out a federal definition.

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Deaf Sue to Improve Accessibility of Universities’ Free Online Resources

Plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claim that the universities violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by not adding closed captioning to the “vast and varied array of online content” they...

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See Your Sexual Assault Victim Resources Website through a Survivor’s Eyes

If sexual violence victims visit your institution’s website, will they be more likely or less likely to contact someone for help? Most of us have encountered a website that didn’t yield the information we wanted—a retailer’s return policy, maybe, or whom to ask about a health care bill—so we...

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The Four Corners of Title IX Compliance

An earlier post highlights the U.S. Education Department’s desire that colleges’ Title IX programs go beyond just investigation of alleged violations.

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How to Avoid Common Assessment-Reporting Pitfalls

Little things can make or break a large project, so it would be a shame if ill-prepared reports undid all the hard work you put into an assessment effort.

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