OCR Enforcement: The Fight for Federal Funds

By: CLC Staff

When postsecondary institutions are unwilling or unable to comply with the regulations imposed by the Office for Civil Rights, the OCR turns to its main disciplinary tool: the withholding of federal funds. Most postsecondary schools rely on some form of financial aid from the federal government...

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Cracking Down: What to Expect From a Tougher OCR

By: CLC Staff

One of the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) central responsibilities is carrying out investigations at particular postsecondary schools when there is valid reason to do so. The OCR’s approach to these investigations has recently become a topic of much discussion – many in the education community...

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More Than Words: Looking at the Context of Consent

By: CLC Staff

With a rapidly growing cultural emphasis on equality and freedom from discrimination and violence, the issue of voluntary consent has taken center stage in many discussions, particularly those on campus.

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What Everyone on Campus Should Know About Communicating Consent

By: CLC Staff

The topic of consent has rightfully been at the center of many Title IX discussions in recent years, as sexual health professionals have worked to establish a clear definition of consent and procedures for establishing it. Voluntary consent is the starting point for any sexual activity, which...

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The Ins and Outs of Campus Training

By: CLC Staff

They say, “practice makes perfect,” but for something as serious as Title IX matters, we might say, “perfect practice makes perfect.”

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Conducting Campus Climate Surveys (and What to Expect)

By: CLC Staff

How safe do our students feel? And what can we do to make them feel safer? A campus survey is a great way to answer those questions and to see how your policies translate to real-life experiences.

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Drafting the Perfect Resolution Agreement

By: CLC Staff

Every school needs their students to feel safe, and the OCR exists to address that need. Sometimes, however, working with the OCR can be complicated. Campus administrators have a wide-range of responsibilities that go above and beyond those addressed by OCR guidance, and must balance the advice...

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Montana Supreme Court Case May Lead to Release of More Campus Crime Information

Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town helped focus the nation’s attention on campus sexual violence when it was published last year. This year, a Montana Supreme Court case (Krakauer v. Comm. of Higher Ed.) stemming from the author’s request for information for...

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When Should You Review Your School’s Sexual Misconduct Policies?

By: CLC Staff

Sexual misconduct and Title IX policies are constantly changing as institutions strive to create the best possible environment for their students and staff.

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Points to Consider Before Requiring a Signed Form in the Title IX Intake Process

As OCR complaints and civil lawsuits continue to pile up against institutions, many colleges and universities are still searching for ways to further insulate themselves from liability in the Title IX process. One of the more popular emerging practices asks students to sign a form (or several)...

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