August 28, 2019

NCAA Releases Second Edition of Sexual Violence Prevention Toolkit
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This month, the NCAA Sport Science Institute, in partnership with the NCAA Office of Inclusion, released the second edition of
Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture (PDF). The original toolkit was published in October 2016 after the NCAA Sexual Assault Task Force issued a call to action to all NCAA members, including colleges and universities, athletics conferences and affiliated organizations to address the issue of sexual violence "appropriately and effectively to make campuses safe for all students." The toolkit serves as a companion piece to the 2014 NCAA publication, Addressing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence: Athletics' Role in Support of Healthy and Safe Campuses (PDF).
The toolkit consists of five core commitment areas that are essential for athletics departments to achieve a culture on campus that is free from violence and "values, respects and defends the dignity of all people and upholds the inherent value of each individual." Each commitment area in the toolkit is complete with an explanation, checklist(s), implementation tools, and specific resources.
  1. Leadership: Sexual violence prevention must be a priority for college presidents/ chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, sports medicine personnel
    and other athletics stakeholders. Presidents/chancellors must provide clear and consistent messaging to athletics directors.
  2. Collaboration: Meaningful progress in sexual violence prevention efforts requires cross-campus collaboration.
  3. Compliance and Accountability: Colleges and universities must comply with federal laws, state laws, institutional policies and NCAA regulations.
  4. Education: Effective educational programming changes behaviors and cultures.
  5. Student-Athlete Engagement: An essential part of positive culture change is student-athlete involvement.
In August 2017, the NCAA's governing body, the NCAA Board of Governors, adopted an association-wide policy on campus sexual violence. The policy, which is included in the toolkit, requires that each NCAA member school's chancellor or president, director of athletics and campus Title IX coordinator annually attest that:
  1. The athletics department is informed on, integrated in, and compliant with institutional policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention and proper adjudication and resolution of acts of sexual violence.
  2. The institutional policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention and adjudication, and the name and contact information for the campus Title IX coordinator, are readily available within the department of athletics, and are provided to student-athletes.
  3. All student-athletes, coaches, and staff have been educated each year on sexual violence prevention, intervention, and response, to the extent allowable by state law and collective bargaining agreements.
Athletics departments are also required to cooperate with college or university investigations into reports and matters related to sexual violence involving student-athletes and athletics department staff in a manner that is compliant with institutional policies for all students. Additional stipulations are required and noncompliance results in public listing on the NCAA website and prohibition from hosting NCAA championship competitions.
The toolkit has been endorsed by more than 10 higher education associations including the American College Health Association, Association for Student Conduct Administration, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

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Consular Notification On Campus 
We are pleased to share the following updated article with you on the topic of consular notification obligations for law enforcement, including campus law enforcement officers, written by Carmen Hills, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State. Carmen began her work at the U.S. Department of State as a Pathways Intern in the Bureau of Administration in 2010, and is currently a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs working on Consular Notification and Access Outreach. She has previously been published in State Magazine and holds a master's degree from the George Washington University.
Every day in the United States, law enforcement officers make thousands of arrests as part of the performance of their duties. Most of the arrests are routine - the arresting officer informs the person they are being placed under arrest, makes them aware of any applicable charges they may face, and offers them the right to speak with an attorney if they choose. But let's imagine for a moment you are witnessing the arrest of someone outside of the United States. What would you expect to see? Consider Jill, a student studying abroad in a foreign country. Before classes start, Jill decides to take in some of the country's beautiful scenery by going on a safari ride. In her excitement, she takes out her camera and snaps some photographs. Immediately after taking the photos, she is approached by armed guards who confiscate the camera and place her in handcuffs. She pleads with them to tell her what is going on, but is unable to understand their response because it is spoken in a language she does not speak. As she is being escorted away, she realizes she is half way around the world without the comforts of home - in a foreign country where she is subject to laws and a criminal justice system with which she is unfamiliar. What should she do? Laws vary from country to country, but as a U.S. citizen if you find yourself under arrest abroad, U.S. consular officers can provide assistance if they know you are in need.
Similarly, U.S. law enforcement officers-including campus law enforcement officers -must be aware of the unique consular notification (PDF) obligation that arises when arresting or detaining foreign nationals in the United States. Campus law enforcement officers might encounter international students on a regular basis as many institutions of higher education actively recruit them. In accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (VCCR), foreign governments have a right to notification and access when a citizen of their country is arrested, detained, suffers serious injury, or death. The VCCR is an international treaty to which the United States is party. The Supremacy Clause in Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution states, "all Treaties ... shall be the supreme Law of the Land," making consular notification and access both U.S. and international law.
As a party to the VCCR, law enforcement authorities in the U.S. have an obligation to carry out consular notification and access when detaining a foreign national. What qualifies as a detention? For the purposes of consular notification, it is understood to cover any situation in which a foreign national's ability to communicate with or visit consular officers is impeded as a result of actions by government officials limiting that foreign national's freedom. Continue reading article...

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