Objectives of the Presentation:
- To examine Title IX's educational requirements
- To discuss the Title IX coordinator's role and responsibility
- To list the 5 steps to compliance with the Clery Act
- To review the 2016 Department of Education's interpretation of the Clery Act and its safety and security requirements
- To discuss the relationship of the violence against women reauthorization act with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance
- To explore OCR's role and responsibility in enforcing sex equity and minimizing sexual violence in higher education
- To question what the new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos and president trump's approach to sex equity in education may entail
- To examine the pushback from those men accused of sexual misconduct on campus
It wasn't too long ago, and even to some extent today, when Title IX was thought of as a 'girls in sports' law only. Indeed, 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 of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in education programs and activities in K-12 and higher education. Title IX 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.
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, a federal law named for a student, Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in 1986, 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.
Dr Susan Strauss,
Workplace and Education Harassment & Bullying Consultant ,
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.
Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.
Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counselling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.