Federal Mandates

Institutions of higher education (IHEs)—whether public or private, two‑year or four‑year, junior or community colleges, or flagship land-grant institutions—are subject to federal laws and policies that help ensure that a campus is safe, such as the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA), the Clery Act, and the Title IX Amendment.

The U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies administer mandates under six acts of Congress that require virtually all IHEs to undertake and document various activities in their policymaking, planning, and reporting. Complying with the spirit and not just the letter of the law supports IHEs in promoting a safe and supportive learning environment because the goals are mutually supportive.


Featured Resources

Summarizes findings from a focus group with nineteen public safety and compliance executives from eight institutions of higher education (IHEs) and nine professional associations. The goal of the focus group was to help IHEs develop their cultures to manage compliance with the Clery Act from an institution-wide team approach, rather than something sequestered to a few compliance professionals at each IHE. 

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Addresses the seven most common and problematic mistakes that service providers encounter when investigating sexual misconduct allegations. The report provides context and guidance for avoiding these mistakes, and offers strategies for improving policies and procedures to reflect best practices.

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