Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Title IX Investigations: What to Expect

Public and private. Large and small. Urban and rural. The list of colleges and universities investigated by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for Title IX violations includes every kind of higher education institution and campus.

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Title IX and Clery: Key Differences and Similarities

Every week there is a new headline about a very common problem on campuses today. A student is assaulted after midnight near her residence hall. A professor resigns after repeated allegations of sexual harassment. Student athletes accuse their university of sex discrimination because of a...

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Moving  Beyond One and Done Sexual Misconduct Trainings

Compliance, points out Phil Ruthkosky, is not the goal. Instead, it is a baseline. In his presentation, “Moving Beyond Compliance: 10 Pillars of Sexual Misconduct Training,” Ruthkosky talks about a checklist—and that it is important to understand that the basic trainings are important, but for...

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Preparing for and Responding to OCR’s New Approach to Sexual Assault Complaints

Within the last year, the Office for Civil Rights changed language within their Compliant Processing Manual, explains Howie Kallem. A civil rights attorney for the past three decades, Kallem is the director for Title IX compliance at Duke University.

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First Amendment Lessons from University of Missouri

Since October, students at the University of Missouri had staged protests calling for more attention and action from the university president in response to a series of racially charged incidents on campus.

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Are Campuses Saying "No" To Drugs?

The Drugs-Free School and Campus Act, explains Eric Davidson, came out of a very different culture, at a time after the Reagan administration was saying “no” to drugs, and at the tail end of an era of an 18-year old drinking age. That does not mean that the Drug-Free School and Campus Act is...

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Six Steps to Process Students’ Stress

School administrators are often on the front lines for student trauma—the first person with whom a student confides about incidents that can create significant stress. In turn, many school administrators must also consider how to process these traumas to minimize adversely impacts from their own...

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Effective Means To Launch a Bystander Intervention Program

Concerned about the alarming rates of sexual assault and misconduct throughout colleges, Phil Ruthkosky, Associate Dean at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, has been diligent about implementing a “bystander intervention” program as a means to provide immediate help for students—and both to...

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Peter Lake Discusses the Role of Hiring in Title IX Compliance

In this excerpt for a recent Campus Law Considered podcast, Peter Lake discusses the importance of the hiring process for creating a culture of Title IX compliance. A professor of law at Stetson University College of Law in Florida, Lake is also the director of the Center for Excellence in...

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Kris Roush Provides Tips For Managing Stress—Your Students, and Yours!

Before Kris Roush outlines a six-step process for managing stress, she points out that school administrators not only need to know how to help students who are experiencing stressful situations, but they themselves also must deal with their own stresses—and that dealing with others’ stress can...

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