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APLU In The News: November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the campus disciplinary systems that schools have developed over the past decade.
November 19, 2018
One of the biggest changes from previous federal policy is that institutions would be responsible only for investigating misconduct that occurred within programs sanctioned by the college. Advocates for victims had warned this would leave students assaulted or harassed off-campus without recourse, although documents released by the department Friday emphasize that geography alone would not dictate whether misconduct falls under the purview of Title IX. The rule also would make colleges responsible for investigating cases when they have "actual knowledge" of misconduct, meaning a formal complaint is made to the proper officials on campus, a significant departure from Obama administration policies that required institutions to look into any misconduct that came to the attention of employees.
November 19, 2018
The release of proposed regulations for Title IX and campus assault, the federal law that prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination in public schools around the country, has caused growing concerns among higher education observers. The proposed regulations redefine sexual harassment under Title IX and set new standards for how schools should respond to sexual harassment reports and what it means for a student to report the misconduct. “Throughout this process, my focus was, is, and always will be on ensuring that every student can learn in a safe and nurturing environment,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “That starts with having clear policies and fair processes that every student can rely on. Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined.”
November 19, 2018
Groups that advocate for the accused have come out in support of the plan, while advocates for survivors of sexual assault say the regulations would discourage victims from reporting. And while the amended regulations are seen as friendly to institutions of higher education, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities said in a statement it expects schools will "far exceed what's minimally expected" in Title IX.
November 19, 2018
Last Sunday, Tech was recognized as a 2018 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award recipient by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, or APLU, at an annual meeting in New Orleans. As the winner of the Kellogg award, Tech was also named a finalist for a national award, the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Both awards are given by the APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and both recognize programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.