On Behalf of the American Council on Education (ACE) and 32 other associations including NASPA, March 29, 2018
This amicus brief, send to the U.S. Supreme Court, examines President Trump’s third iteration of the travel ban, issued in September 2017, which places restrictions on entry to the United States from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela.
By Allison Tombros Korman, Senior Director Culture of Respect, March 22, 2018
Meet the vanguard institutions of the 2018 Culture of Respect Collective class.
By Morgan Gstalter, March 29, 2018
A gun bill in Missouri is moving forward as, what critics call, a “guns everywhere bill, extending allowable concealed weapons to colleges, churches, daycares, and bars. Democratic state Rep. Deb Lavender told the Kansas City Star that it would allow firearms “truly everywhere” with or without a concealed carry permit. The bill specifically prevents campuses from developing “gun-free zones.” Republican state Rep. Jered Taylor spoke in favor of the bill, claiming that campuses that fail to allow concealed carry have seen an increase in cases of campus sexual assault. He noted that if women were able to “defend themselves if they so desire” it could reduce the number of these cases. Paul Wagner, executive director of the state’s Council on Public Higher Education, countered that this correlation doesn’t make sense given that, "in terms of sexual assault and sexual violence, the instance of someone jumping out of a bush and attacking someone is not common."
By Matthew Lee, March 29, 2018
In an information collection document released in the Federal Register this past Friday, the State Department has indicated it intends on requiring U.S. visa applicants to submit social media usernames, previous email addresses, and phone numbers. The new rule would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the U.S. for business or education. In the past, social media, email, and phone number, were only required for those applicants identified for extra scrutiny and around 65,000 people per year fell into that category. If the new requirements are approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), applications for all visa types would require the applicant to provide the number of social media account names they have had on them over the span of the last five years.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, March 30, 2017
The omnibus spending bill passed last week increased funding for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) by $117 million for FY 2018, which is $8.5 million over funding levels from the previous year. OCR, however, has been taking steps to streamline its investigation procedures of civil rights complaints, and even close cases that do not meet investigation eligibility under a range of circumstances. The spending bill also prohibits Secretary DeVos from closing any of OCR’s regional offices. Some advocates have indicated that the increase in funding and instructions that OCR increase staffing will weaken justifications for the streamlining measures, but the Department of Education (ED) has indicated no intent on changing adjustments that have already been made. “Secretary [Betsy] DeVos has been clear and consistent that one of the Department’s most important missions is to protect the civil rights of all students,” said spokeswoman Liz Hill via email. “The Office for Civil Rights continues to improve its efficiency, delivering justice for impacted students in a timely manner. We will responsibly use the resources provided by Congress to continue that work.”
By Richard Cowan and Makini Brice, April 2, 2018
President Trump took to Twitter today, declaring that “DACA is dead” and blaming Democrats once again for not protecting these young undocumented individuals. The tweets upset legislators and community members alike. Cindy Agustin, a DACA recipient and immigration activist in Chicago, said the impasse over the program is, “frustrating because we’re in limbo right now.” Trump also suggested that Congress change Senate rules so that Republicans could more easily overcome Democratic opposition by changing the voting threshold from 60 votes out of 100, to 51 out of 100 to reach a majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated that Republican senators oppose changing existing rules governing the debate and passage of legislation. The future of DACA is currently held within the courts which have ruled that the program may remain in place for now.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 19 bills across 10 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. TN HB 2620 and TN SB 2480, placed on the Civil Justice Subcommittee calendar for 04/03/2018, expands the attorney general and reporter’s duties to include representation for a Local Education Agency (LEA) or certain LEA employees in a legal proceeding arising out of the LEA’s adoption of a policy or practice designating multi-person restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities for use based only on one’s biological sex.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on 20 bills across 12 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. NJ S 699, passed by the Senate on 03/26/2018, allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs. TN HB 2582, which failed in the Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee on 03/27/2018, would have limited in-state tuition to Tennessee citizens. TN HB 2429, which had sponsors added on 03/38/2018, would exempt certain students from paying out-of-state tuition at state institutions of higher education. TN SB 2569, assigned to the General Subcommittee of the Senate Education Committee on 03/38/2018, , would require institutions of higher education to classify students as in-state, only if the students are Tennessee citizens.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 20 bills across 13 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past week. MO HB 1936, which was passed on 03/29/2018, removes the ability for institutions to declare themselves no-gun spaces.
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) (Introduced 03/29/2017)
Committees: House-Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House- 03/29/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce as well as the Committee on Ways and Means to be determined by the House Speaker as to which provisions fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
-A Notice by the Education Department on 03/28/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Summary: “For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify, as well as the acceptable documentation for verifying FAFSA information. This is the notice for the 2019-2020 award year.”
-A Notice by the State Department on 03/30/2018
Summary: “The Online Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (DS-160) is used to collect biographical information from individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa. The consular officer uses the information collected to determine the applicant's eligibility for a visa. Form DS-156 is required by regulation of all nonimmigrant visa applicants who do not use the Online Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (Form DS-160). Posts will use the DS-156 in limited circumstances when the DS-160 is unavailable, as outlined below, to elicit information necessary to determine an applicant's visa eligibility.”
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