Live Blog: Campus SaVE Rulemaking, Day 2
Analysis: The second day of the negotiated rulemaking for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act concluded today after about seven hours of mostly in-depth and issues-focused conversation. The group discussed the following key aspects of the new law: counting and reporting formats, disciplinary proceedings, training officials on campus, the simultaneous and in-writing notification of involved parties, appeals requirements, nondisclosure agreements, outcomes of proceedings, a definition around applicable jurisdiction, and technical changes from the law. You’ll have to read the liveblog below for details on each topic, but there was some agreement on ways forward in creating rules. Excellent news early in the negotiated rulemaking process. Overall, there were good suggestions from negotiators to balance the needs of survivors with schools’ concerns.
While conversations were going on today, the Department of Education updated their website to include the resources negotiators were using. Great news for all of us following along. Be sure to check out the issue papers in particular and see how the conversation below matched up with points raised there.
We’ll be back on February 24 when negotiators will have draft regulatory language in front of them for consideration. In the meantime, if you’re following along and have questions or concerns about what’s being discussed, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot us a tweet @AAUWPolicy.
Read the Live Blog Below
Live Blog: Campus SaVE Rulemaking, Day 1
What You Need to Know
Analysis: Today we were in the audience for the first day of the negotiated rulemaking around the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act. Ultimately, these provisions will help schools reduce campus sexual assault and violence. Negotiated rulemakings are an interesting process (learn more here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/hea08/neg-reg-faq.html) and the day started with a bit of housekeeping – three new alternate members were added to the panel (one additional nominee was not), the group agreed to consensus procedures, and an agenda was worked out.
The rest of the day was devoted to figuring out the new terms that need definitions, and discussing concerns around statistical reporting. You can check out a picture of the big whiteboard of terms (ever expanding) in the liveblog for a sense of what was on negotiators’ minds. When it comes to data collection, there was a bit of disagreement and we’ll be watching this closely. Some negotiators don’t support reporting incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking separately from the current Clery crime categories, which include crimes like aggravated assault and burglary. Students and administrators might then lose the ability to assess the scope of these problems on campus, making it harder to put an end to them. We will be back Tuesday at 9 a.m. for day two.
Read the Live Blog Below
Lead: My name is Dartmouth
Chorus: Hi Dartmouth
Lead: And I have a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
Lead: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Chorus: Let us show you another dimension of Dartmouth
Lead: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Chorus: 3 years 15 reported sexual assaults
Lead: But 95% go unreported
Chorus: But 95% go unreported
Lead: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Chorus: Only 3 rapists expelled in 10 years
Lead: Dartmouth has a problem
Chorus: Dartmouth has a problem
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!!!
Thus far, my sorors and I have been working hard to spread the word, from our “Teal Tuesdays” (teal is the official color for the commemorative month), to sharing statistics and facts with the student body, to our whiteboard campaign. It was great to see my peers willingly join in and express themselves, as we worked to raise awareness about SAAM. :)
This is just a few of the MANY photos we have taken, posted, and shared…and from what I’ve been informed, our movement has been picked up by the Deltas and our sorors at Bethune-Cookman University, as well.
Service…gotta love it!
In the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women surveyed said they had been raped or had experienced an attempted rape.
Waiting for VAWA – A Triumphant Tale (told in gifs)
So VAWA was up for reauthorization in January (JANUARY!) of 2012. The reauthorized VAWA would have put in place more reporting, widespread prevention programming, and stronger policies on college campuses, as well as protection for LGBTQ folks and Native American women.
But time ran out.
So we waited…
until February 12, 2013, when the Senate passed an inclusive VAWA and sent it onto the House.
But then the House introduced a new bill - one that excluded the protections for LGBTQ folks, Native Americans, and the Campus SaVE act.
So we waited (again…) to see which version would pass.
And then on February 28, the inclusive VAWA passed in the House!
And today, after more than a year of waiting, we saw Barack Obama sign the inclusive Violence Against Women Act into law!
Liberian women battle against ‘sex for grades’ at universities
A 2011 survey conducted by ActionAid in three Liberian universities found that about 85% of female students had been sexually harassed or involved in transactional sex while they studied. Some women said they were forced to keep repeating classes if they refused to have sex with their male lecturers. If a woman reported her lecturer and he was sacked, the teacher would often simply move to another institution, the survey revealed.
We are so disappointed to report that the House GOP Leadership released a VAWA bill on Friday that fails to include any meaningful campus safety provisions.
Recently, the Senate passed a bipartisan VAWA bill would put in place more reporting, widespread prevention programming, and stronger policies on college campuses…
but the House proposed a new bill that merely asks for a survey of colleges about their campus safety policies and procedures.
Basically, while the Senate bill would require colleges to improve campus safety, the House bill would simply ask schools about it.