By NASPA, November 16, 2018
“NASPA staff are working to review the rule proposed in the NPRM now that it is officially available and will prepare a full analysis to share with members as soon as possible. There is much in the proposed rule that concerns us upon our initial review, specifically related to the scope of jurisdiction for campus investigations, the ability for parties to cross-examine each other, and changes to the standards and processes for students to submit formal reports. We are keenly aware of the urgency of this matter for many NASPA members and appreciate your patience as we examine the full impact of the new proposed rule. We welcome your input as we complete our analysis and invite you to share specific aspects of the rule that you find either promising or troubling with NASPA director of research and practice, Dr. Jill Dunlap or director of policy research and advocacy, Teri Lyn Hinds.” (Click on link above to connect to the full statement and registration options for upcoming information sessions on December 3, 6, and 7.)
By American Council on Education and 11 other higher education groups including NASPA, November 14, 2018
This letter to member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity within the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs expresses concerns regarding delays in the payment of veterans’ housing and tuition benefits as a result of substantial changes to the law under the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, or Forever GI Bill.
By American Council on Education and 28 other higher education groups including NASPA, December 03, 2018
After media outlets leaked a potential plan by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop a definition of “sex” exclusive of trans and gender non-binary individuals, the American Council on Education and 28 other higher education groups including NASPA, urged HHS to not change this definition due to the potential harm it could cause for marginalized members of the higher education community.
By Debbie Osgood and Lihn Nguyen, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, LTD, November 20, 2018
Providing an unbiased perspective, Osgood and Nguyen summarize the regulation process and timeline and outline major provisions within the newly proposed rules. Recommendations to colleges and universities include: a review of current Title IX policies and procedures, a review of obligations under state law, and a review of policies under the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act, which is currently up for reauthorization in Congress.
By The Big Picture with Oliver Knox, SiriusXM, November 26, 2018
In this podcast clip, NASPA staff Dr. Jill Dunlap, director for research and practice, and Allison Tombros Korman, senior director of Culture of Respect, speak to specific concerns regarding the newly released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Title IX from the perspective of the student affairs practitioner.
By Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, November 29, 2018
With the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign relying on the enrollment of a fifth of its business school by Chinese international students, the university has recently decided to insure itself against a significant drop in these numbers due to current policy measures aimed at restricting length of stay for Chinese student visaholders. International student enrollment numbers are down and universities with high international student populations look for solutions to deal with the potential drain in resources down the line.
By Emily Cochrane, NYT, December 2, 2018
Congress continues to be gridlocked on critical issues during the current lame-duck session. This is the last chance for Republicans to push forward legislation within a Republican-majority Congress, while Democrats lack incentive to compromise given the upcoming flip in the House this coming January. Legislation under consideration includes a reauthorization of the farm bill, a criminal justice reform bill, funding for the border wall, and the continuation of appropriations funding to avoid a potential government shutdown. However, the passing of former President George Bush has complicated a looming spending bill deadline this Friday, making it likely that the deadline will be pushed back into the coming weeks.
**Check for updates in the coming months. Most states return to session in January 2019**
-Primary Sponsor: Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) (Introduced 06/20/2018)
-Latest Action: 09/27/2018 Presented to President Trump, and signed on 9/28/2018
This appropriations minibus, signed into law at the end of September, contained a continuing resolution providing temporary funding for seven outstanding appropriations measures until December 7. During the current lame duck session, Congress will need to continue funding for: Agriculture; Homeland Security; State and Foreign Operations; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Financial Services and General Government; Interior and Environment; and Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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-Draft Rule by the Education Department on 11/28/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “The Secretary identifies specific provisions governing the student loan programs authorized by title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), that do not apply to foreign institutions.”
-A Proposed Rule by the Education Department on 11/29/2018
-Comment period that ends on 1/28/2019
-Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education (ED)
Summary: “The Secretary of Education proposes to amend regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). The proposed regulations would clarify and modify Title IX regulatory requirements pertaining to the availability of remedies for violations, the effect of Constitutional protections, the designation of a coordinator to address sex discrimination issues, the dissemination of a nondiscrimination policy, the adoption of grievance procedures, and the process to claim a religious exemption. The proposed regulations would also specify how recipient schools and institutions covered by Title IX (hereinafter collectively referred to as recipients or schools) must respond to incidents of sexual harassment consistent with Title IX's prohibition against sex discrimination. The proposed regulations are intended to promote the purpose of Title IX by requiring recipients to address sexual harassment, assisting and protecting victims of sexual harassment and ensuring that due process protections are in place for individuals accused of sexual harassment.”
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