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.
January 14th NASPA Policy Update
This post provides relevant higher education policy updates for student affairs professionals between 1/07/2019 and 1/14/2019.
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.
NASPA Research and Policy Institute Wish List for Higher Education
‘Tis the season for reflection. 2018 has been a whirlwind of a year, full of movement on a national scale and in the field of higher education. It's important to take the time to think about the work that's been done this year and the desired direction for the future year to come. This post shares what's on a few members of the NASPA Research and Policy Institute (RPI) team's wishlist for higher education this year.
NASPA’s Initial Analysis of the Proposed Rule on Title IX, Part IV
This is the fourth and final installment of NASPA’s initial analysis of the proposed rule on Title IX, released by the Department of Education in mid-November and opened for a 60-day public comment period. The first part addressed NASPA’s overarching comments, and provisions of the proposed rule relating to the narrower definition of harassment and scope of institutional responsibility. The second post addressed aspects of the formal grievance procedures related to implications for institutional staffing and the pseudo-legal process proscribed in the proposed rule. The third post addressed aspects of the formal grievance procedures related to implications for institutional staffing and the pseudo-legal process proscribed in the proposed rule. This final post addresses issues related to the standard of evidence, timeline for adjudication resolution, and changes to the religious exemption from Title IX.