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Molly Corbett Broad's weekly email newsletter to higher education leaders.

Higher Education Community Responds to Campus Accountability and Safety Act

Sept. 9, 2014 ~ Vol. 15, No. 30

I wanted to alert you to a letter we sent Friday to Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on a high-profile piece of legislation addressing the issue of sexual assault on campuses, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 2692), or CASA.

Many of you have contacted us over the past months to discuss this serious and complex issue and how CASA might work to address it. This letter expresses our support for many of the concepts in the bill. But as I have mentioned previously, there are many complicated issues that this measure aims to address and a number of provisions that could be strengthened.

Among the provisions we discuss are those dealing with confidential advisors, campus climate surveys, memoranda of understanding with local law enforcement, and the often confusing interaction between the Clery Act and Title IX. We also note that not all of the provisions are relevant to institutions with few or no residential students and recommend greater flexibility in recognition of the diverse missions of U.S. higher education institutions.

In addition to the letter sent to Sen. Harkin, Hogan Lovells US LLP also has provided us with an analysis of the bill that goes into more detail.

We will continue to monitor discussions on this legislation and will keep you posted as developments warrant.

Molly Corbett Broad
President of ACE