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AACRAO Releases Guidance Regarding the Use of Disciplinary Notations on Transcripts

June 22, 2017
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) recently released guidance to its members regarding the use of disciplinary notations on transcripts for institutions that are considering the practice, or are required to do so by legislation. This guidance, drafted by a work group, concludes that institutions of higher education do have the responsibility to notify other institutions of potential threats to their communities from suspended/expelled students and...

Advocates as Campus Security Authorities: Clarification on Victim Advocate Reporting Responsibilities Under the Clery Act

March 28, 2017
Advocates as Campus Security Authorities: Clarification on Victim Advocate Reporting Responsibilities Under the Clery Act  clarifies victim advocate reporting responsibilities as Campus Security Authority (CSA) and how advocates can maintain trust and be a critical resource for students and employees while fulfilling their federal obligations under the Clery Act.

Sexual Misconduct Complaints: 17 Tips for Student Discipline Adjudicators

November 21, 2016
Drawing extensively from the National Judicial Education Program’s publication Judges Tell: What I Wish I Had Known Before I Presided in an Adult Victim Sexual Assault Case , the University of Pennsylvania developed a guide titled Sexual Misconduct Complaints: 17 Tips for Student Discipline Adjudicators, intended for adaptation by individual academic institutions. The guide provides some of the “training . . . in handling complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence” that the U.S. Departm...

Sample MOU Between Campus and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

November 8, 2016
On the week that marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama establishing the White House Task Force to Protect Students, the White House released a document entitled, “Building Partnerships among Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities: Developing a Memorandum of Understanding to Prevent and Respond Effectively to Sexual Assault at Colleges and Universities” that provides sample language that may help institutions of higher education and local law enforcement agen...

U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

May 13, 2016
The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance to help provide educators the information they need to ensure that all students, including transgender students, can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex. The guidance explains that when students or their parents, as appropriate, notify a school that a student is transgender, the school must treat the student consistent with the student’s gender identity. A school may not require transgender st...

Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students

May 1, 2016
In addition to the Departments’ joint Title IX guidance, the Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education also released Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students, a compilation of policies and practices that schools across the country are already using to support transgender students. The document shares some common questions on topics such as school records, privacy, and terminology, and then explains how some state and school dist...

Where to Start Guide: Confidentiality & Responsible Employees

March 21, 2016
Gender-based violence victims often require additional time and services before making decisions about whether to make a complaint to either the campus administration or law enforcement. The Victim Rights Law Center’s (VRLC) One-Sheeter, Assessment Tool, and Where to Start Guide outlines the differing reasons victims request confidentiality, what roles and obligations campus employees have and how campuses can best communicate to their communities what those roles are.

Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault

February 1, 2016
The University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault published its Blueprint for Campus Police: Responding to Sexual Assault. Police officers at all 14 University of Texas campuses will soon be trained to follow the toolkit’s new investigative protocols aimed at changing how campus law enforcement officers interview and support victims of sexual assault. We encourage you to disseminate the report, which can now be found on, widely to any stakeholders who might...
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