While these concerns are very important, there, however, has been virtually no discussion about similar requirements found in the federal Jeanne Clery Act that should provide more stability. Education Secretary Betsy De Vos announced impending changes to Title IX campus sexual violence guidelines there has been a lot of concern and speculation about what comes next.They address prevention, assistance for survivors of sexual violence, and most pertinent to the current discussion procedures for institutional conduct proceedings.Colin Goddard, a survivor of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech shooting and member of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, speaks in favor of campus sexual assault provisions at the Violence Against Women Act National Rally, on June 26, 2012. Because Clery’s provisions are enumerated in statute and regulation they are much less subject to change by the Secretary.
These policies must be made available to prospective students, and shared annually with current students by October 1st.
Each type of disciplinary procedure used must be disclosed in detail including the burden of proof used.
The law already mandates much of what is being asked for by civil liberties advocates including explicit procedural safeguards.
Proceedings must afford a “prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result”.
They must be conducted “by officials who, at a minimum, receive annual training on the issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process”.
Officials must “not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against the accuser or the accused”.