Improve Campus Safety by Involving Students and the Community in Sexual Misconduct Training

It is easy to think that compliance is about laws and regulations. It is—and it isn’t.

It is true that sexual misconduct is not a simple matter. It is nuanced and circumstantial and confusing. It is also very serious.

That is why sexual misconduct training is so important. We have to reach...

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Sexual Misconduct Training: Enhance Learning with Diverse Training

There is more to sexual misconduct training than compliance. Student affairs professionals know—even if they need to be reminded of it from time to time—that creating and maintaining a safe campus so that students can learn and thrive are what make compliance so important in the first place.

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U.S. Department of Justice Releases Campus Climate Survey Research and Resources

 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) earlier this week released a landmark new study on sexual violence in higher education that is consistent with prior national data, but it most significantly demonstrated the importance of collecting institution-specific “climate survey” data directly...

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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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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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Peter Lake discusses assessing campus culture and Title IX compliance

“I am radically optimistic in a sea of pessimism,” says Peter Lake, talking about his predictions for Title IX compliance on American campuses. In this engaging Campus Law Considered podcast, Lake describes how administrators can both measure culture and climate on their campuses—a first step...

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Title IX Trends, Part 2: An Interview with Howie Kallem

The second installment of our interview with Howie Kallem, director for Title IX compliance at Duke University. A civil rights attorney for the past three decades, Howie Kallem has been at the front lines to watch changes with the type of Title IX claims filed and the manner in which they are...

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