The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education has released the 2016 edition of the Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting to guide institutions of higher education in complying with the Clery Act.
On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, for the second time in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirmed the constitutionality of the University of Texas policy which considers the race of applicants as one factor in its admissions decisions.
As a result, transgender students are now permitted to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Additionally, the University created gender-neutral housing, and the University will establish a working group to advise officials on transgender students’ access to gender-specific spaces.
From the outset, Sojourner-Douglass received most of its funding from federal Pell grants, and without accreditation, the college became ineligible for federal funding. The college blames changes in Pell grant regulations for a large part of its financial woes.
A district court in New Mexico recently denied the University of New Mexico’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by a student disciplined for condemning lesbianism in a reflection paper for a course.
Determining the extent of cyberbullying in colleges and universities is fraught with difficulty. Surveys probing cyberbullying prevalence on campuses indicate that from 8.6% to 22% of students are targets of cyberbullies. However, many institutions of higher education are reluctant to survey students, for fear of negative publicity from the findings.
Colleges and universities must make a “good faith” effort to report all Clery crimes that occurred in 2013, including the re-defined and newly identified crimes, in their Annual Security Report (ASR) due October 1, 2014.
Has no one in Congress heard that over a year ago, in March 2013, President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)?