November 28, 2018

New Proposed Title IX Regulations Released
On November 16, 2018 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released US Dept of Education Logo
propo sed Title IX regulations (PDF). Title IX is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal funding. The draft of the new regulations come more than a year after previous Title IX guidance was rescinded and ED provided temporary guidance by a Dear Colleague Letter and accompanying Questions and Answers. The proposed regulations are publicized after ED undertook research that included gathering input from students, advocates, school administrators, Title IX coordinators, and other stakeholders.

ED has released a one-page summary fact sheet (PDF) of the proposed regulations and highlights three broad areas: guiding principles, nature of a school's response to sexual harassment and assault, and due process protections and reliable outcomes. For those looking for a deeper dive of the proposed regulations, a section-by-section summary (PDF) is also available.
The proposed regulations will be posted on the Federal Register and will be open for public comment for 60 days from the original date of publication. Instructions for making public comment will be included in the introduction of the proposed regulations.
Colleges and universities may want to assemble all relevant campus officials who touch Title IX issues on campus and confer with legal counsel on these proposed regulations to determine their impact on current policies and how to move forward. These conversations may also inform any possible comments your institution may contribute to the Federal Register directly, or through professional associations.

Assisting People with Disabilities During Evacuations
Assisting People with Disabilities in Evacuations As awareness surrounding the needs of people with disabilities on college and university campuses continues to increase, it is helpful for campus public safety professionals to maintain their education on proper and effective mechanisms to assist people with disabilities before and during emergency situations.
Gallaudet University is an institution of learning, teaching, and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. They have developed an Emergency Preparedness Guide for people at their institution. The Emergency Preparedness Guide includes information on topics including:
  • How to prepare for an emergency
  • Notifications
  • What to do in an emergency
  • How to access assistance
The guide also includes definitions, contact information, and procedures for specific types of emergencies like fire, earthquake, hazardous materials incidents, and violent behavior. There is helpful information for four types of evacuations , which they categorize as stay in place, building evacuation, campus evacuation, and city evacuation. Gallaudet stresses the importance of individual preparedness and provides information on how to assist people with disabilities during an emergency.
Prior planning and practicing of emergency evacuation routes are important in assuring a safe evacuation. The following guidelines will assist with the evacuation of people who are mobility impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing; have a sight disability or a combination of disabilities; or who have physical disabilities.
  • If you are a person (employee or student) with a disability who may need assistance during a crisis, it is strongly recommended to establish a system now that assures you get the help you need. Work with the Office of Students with Disabilities or the Support Services unit to develop an individual plan for how you will handle various types of emergency situations. If you need assistance and do not have a plan, it will be more difficult to assure your safety.
  • In any emergency situation, if an individual wants to help a person with a disability, always ASK how you can help BEFORE giving assistance. Ask how he or she can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with the person.
  • DO NOT use elevators, unless authorized to do so by a campus safety officer, police or fire personnel. Never use elevators if there is fire or structural damage to the building.
  • If the situation is life-threatening, contact the appropriate public safety organization.
  • Further, while it is best to follow the individual's emergency plan, in the event of an imminent life-threatening situation, no one should hesitate to assist a person with a disability to evacuate a building, using whatever means possible.
Additional resources available on this topic include the National Fire Protection Agency's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities (PDF), Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities from the American Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities web page. You can also find an article on Planning for Students and Staff with Disabilities or AFN in the Weekly Snapshot archives.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Substance Use Disorders Among Adolescents and Young Adults
Organization: Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions 
Date: December 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Need to set up free account to access free webinar series 
Title: Access and Functional Needs Preparedness Planning for Rural Communities (MGT403)
Organization: Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
Dates: January 14, 2019
Location: Freeport, IL
Fee: Free
Title: National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit
Organization: National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)
Dates: January 29-31, 2019
Location: Durham, NC 
Fee: Registration Fee 

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