Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit II
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), and Georgia Tech, 2015
This Summit was the second in a series of meetings co-hosted by the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the IACP University and College Police Section, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). In August, 2014 a Summit was held to bring together campus officials from around the U.S. to discuss issues around Title IX and other related legislation including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The first summit provided rich detail on what was still needed for application of the laws in an effort to decrease sexual violence trauma. It also revealed how the victim held substantial influence on how the process should transpire. Most participants acknowledged that the process was not always clear. A criminal offense may have been committed, and campus administrators often felt that their methods of handling student violations were now pushed into the more adversarial role. With this in mind, the participants at Summit II accepted the premise and intent of Title IX and Clery; however, the details of implementation needed further clarification. It seemed that all the anecdotes regarding sexual offenses did not fit neatly into any pre-ordained formula or algorithm. The Summit II participants inevitably reviewed and discussed some of the issues raised in the first Summit; however, the emphasis quickly shifted from the challenges to suggesting promising practices that would address those challenges. None of the suggestions were meant as the final solutions to complicated issues but rather as starting points to form a core Title IX public safety compliance system on the respective campuses.