On Tuesday, September 29th Mintz Levin's Education practice will host a panel on "VAWA Implementation and the Potential Impact of Proposed Massachusetts Bill S.650 on College and Universities". The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act, which afford additional rights to campus victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, went into effect on July 1, 2015. As a result, institutions of higher education must now comply with certain additional campus safety and security-related requirements — including compilation of statistics for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and inclusion of policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in the institutions' annual security reports. In addition, pending Massachusetts Bill S.650 would create a sexual assault climate survey for Massachusetts colleges and universities to determine the prevalence and perceptions of sexual assault on their campuses.
The panel will include an introduction by practice Chair Meghan Burke, Susan Finegan will moderate and speakers will include Rob McCarron of AICUM (Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts), Jacqueline Anchondo of Mount Ida College, Donald Schroeder of Mintz Levin's Employment, Labor & Benefits Section and Lisa Tenerowicz of Boston University.