Proposed rule changes to the Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) have been published in today’s Federal Register notice. These rules would implement changes to the Clery Act resulting from language included in the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act signed into law last March.
Following several negotiation sessions, a rulemaking panel comprised of students who were survivors of sexual assault as well as representatives from advocacy organizations, law enforcement, colleges and other groups, reached consensus on a draft of the new campus safety provisions announced today.
NASPA's Public Policy Division Chair and Board Member Lisa Ann Erwin, PhD (Vice Chancellor for Student Life, University of Minnesota-Duluth) was a member of the rulemaking panel.
The changes add gender identity and national origin to the definition of hate crimes under the Clery Act, the federal law that requires institutions to disclose information about campus crimes; strengthens protections for victim confidentially while helping survivors access support services and legal options; and requires that disciplinary proceedings – including appeals – are prompt. It also adopts the FBI’s more nuanced definition of rape.
Members of the public may comment on the proposed rules during a 30-day comment period. Details and instructions for submitting comments on the proposed rules can be found here.; all comments must be submitted prior to July 22. The U.S. Department of Education official press release may be accsed here.