The amendments to the Clery Act concerning how institutions should report and respond to sexual assault have been released. Among the most notable changes are the requirement that institutions compile statistics and adopt policies related to dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence. Also the amendments stipulate that both accuser and accused should be allowed to have an advisor (attorney or non-attorney) present at campus disciplinary hearings.
The new report also addresses some administrators' concern that the new reporting requirements will be cost prohibitive, as well as the lack of a definition of consent in the new regulations.
These rules take effect July 2015 but the U.S. Department of Education is calling on institutions to make a good faith effort to implement the provisions immediately.
In a "Dear Colleague" letter released this summer, the DOE addressed confusion over the added categories of dating violence, domestic abuse, and stalking and indicated that institutions were not obliged to modify statistics from the past two years to reflect these new categories. These changes should be reflected in statistical reporting moving forward.