Law and Policy

Local, state, and federal laws as well as institutional policy affect the practice of student affairs professionals every day in their work to educate students. The Law and Policy focus area highlights the need for up-to-date information and accurate data, providing resources through the Research and Policy Institute (RPI), NASPA conferences and certificate programs, and the public policy division. NASPA provides timely and focused professional development opportunities to educate student affairs professionals about the legal, compliance, and policy issues relevant in higher education today.

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NASPA's Research and Policy Institute provides student affairs professionals with the latest policy developments that influence our work.

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  • Title IX: Activating your campus for notice and comment

    At the end of the day, we’ve engaged and educated students, developed a quick response, built relationships with different organizations across campus, and made a statement as a university. Who knows? Maybe we’ll inspire some of those students to become more involved in violence prevention or policy advocacy in the long term.

    Posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:59 PM by NASPA Blog
  • Your Role in Our Representative Democracy: Submitting Personal Comments on Proposed Rules

    The current call for public comment on the Department of Education’s proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance, known more succinctly as Title IX, has occupied a lot of attention since it was opened on November 29, 2018. You may be following the discussions considering what the proposed rule would mean for you and the students with whom you work, and wondering how your individual perspective fits into the conversation If so, we encourage you to draft and submit your own comments by the January 28, 2019 deadline. In keeping with the civic engagement and advocacy goals and objectives of NASPA’s strategic plan, we actively encourage higher education professionals to add their expertise to the public comments submitted to the Department. We recognize, however, that many professionals may be sensitive to their institutional roles and responsibilities and hesitant to speak out on issues different from or even in contradiction of comments submitted by their employer. This post by NASPA director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds, reviews why and how individuals can and should submit comments for consideration by the Department.

    Posted on January 17, 2019 at 08:14 AM by RPI Blog
  • Resource Guides for Responding to the Department of Education’s Proposed Title IX Rule

    In late November, the Department of Education published a proposed rule on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance and opened a 60-day public comment period. While the Federal Register is not fully operational during the shutdown, public comments on the Title IX Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) are still due by January 28, and regulations.gov is functional and accepting comments. NASPA staff have developed several resources intended to help higher education leaders learn about and respond to the proposed rule. Prior to the winter break, we held several information sessions (recordings are available in the NASPA Online Learning Community) and published a 4-part blog series providing a preliminary analysis of the proposed rule. Today we released a series of Resource Guides that expand on many of the topics we highlighted in December with links to research and data that individuals and institutions can use to bolster their comments as needed.

    Posted on January 10, 2019 at 09:54 AM by RPI Blog
  • A New Year’s Resolution for Colleges and Universities: Reflecting on 2018 & Planning for 2020

    In August 2018, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education published Election Imperatives, ten recommendations for using election issues and processes to launch or reinforce improvements in the campus’ political climate and educate for student political learning, discourse, inclusion, and participation. Throughout the election, we talked with administrators, faculty, and students about the opportunities and challenges presented in this election season. We offer reflection questions to consider now before memories fade and before 2020 planning begins.

    Posted on January 8, 2019 at 03:36 PM by NASPA Blog

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