Lack of Training, Policies Prevent Clery, Title IX Compliance

Here are some steps your campus can take to improve your handling of sexual violence claims, helping your institution pass an audit by the Department of Education or Department of Justice Office for Civil Rights.

Policies Pose Problems for Many Institutions

Although designating a Clery officer and Title IX coordinator are critical steps to becoming compliant, they are only the beginning. These individuals, along with the appropriate staff and campus administrators listed above, must receive training.

One of the biggest challenges, however, is understanding the policy statements that must be published in a college’s Clery Act annual security report.

“Often I find that they are missing a significant number of the required policy statements because they don’t understand the nuances of what the Department of Education is expecting,” says Stafford, who conducts two to four audits of colleges per month. “You can’t really read the handbook and understand completely how to comply with Clery. If you don’t have any background in it or any context for what you are reading, often you will miss the boat on what their expectations are.”

Policies are the weakest links with Title IX as well.

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“I’ve seen campuses with as many as eight different policies: student on student; if a faculty member is the complainant against a student; if a faculty member is the complainant against other faculty member, etc.,” she says. “Often, none of them are in compliance. They are missing various components.”

Training, Association Membership Can Help

Fortunately for campuses, two associations can assist Clery compliance officers and Title IX administrators and provide them with professional development.

Stafford has just founded the National Association for Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals. Visit them at www.naccop.org.

Visit the Association of Title IX Administrators at www.atixa.rog for assistant with Title IX issues.

Additionally, the Clery Center for Security On Campus will soon be providing online Clery and Title IX training. For more information, visit www.clerycenter.org.

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About the Author

Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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