NAICU Washington Update

VAWA Negotiated Rulemaking Process Begins

January 17, 2014

The first of three scheduled negotiated rulemaking sessions dealing with the changes made to the Clery Act campus safety requirements by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was held on January 13-14.

This initial session was largely devoted to preliminary discussions of the issues that need to be addressed in the regulations. In general, negotiators expressed a strong interest in bringing clarity and consistency to regulations governing campus safety issues.

Five background papers guided the discussion in the areas of: (1) Key Terms and Definitions; (2) Counting Crimes; (3) Disciplinary Proceedings; (4) Applicable Jurisdiction; and (5) Technical Changes. All documents related to this rulemaking are available here.

The negotiators plan to establish two subcommittees to examine in greater depth issues related to training and to stalking. These groups will present information to the full panel prior to the group’s next session, which will be held on February 24-25.

NAICU’s nominee, Dickinson College (PA) General Counsel Dana Scaduto, is a member of the panel.

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