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Title IX Dr. Sheila Stearns, AGB Senior Fellow West Virginia Board of Governors Summit August 2, 2014 With thanks to Lucy France, General Counsel, University.

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1 Title IX Dr. Sheila Stearns, AGB Senior Fellow West Virginia Board of Governors Summit August 2, 2014 With thanks to Lucy France, General Counsel, University of Montana

2 The Law Clery Act Title IX Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) March, 2014 Sub-regulatory Dear Colleague letters and FAQ's

3 Compliance is Not Optional DOE increased compliance reviews and investigations Most importantly, compliance will help all students

4 Campus Security Authorities VAWA added reportable incidents (such as domestic violence and stalking) Must report to appropriate school authority all relevant details known to the employee. Reporting

5 “Responsible Employee” "When a responsible employee knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual violence, THIS KNOWLEDGE IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE INSTITUTION. The school must take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate."

6 Education and Programming Special training not just for security authorities but ALL who might witness or receive reports of sexual violence. Must be on-going and sustainable "Objectively effective": awareness campaigns based on solid assessment on that particular campus.

7 Education and Programming Policies and procedures Prevention programs ( culturally relevant) Awareness programs Bystander intervention Risk reduction

8 Helpful Tip: Message throughout campus for students and employees on this issue: DO NOT WORK IN ISOLATION

9 Questions? Comments? Thank You Sheila Stearns *Special thanks to Lucy France, General Counsel, University of Montana


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