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By Adam Crick in Student Conduct posted: Nov, 30th 2018

How Betsy DeVos’ Proposed Title IX Plan Will Affect University Conduct Offices

Sexual assault continues to be a widespread problem across higher education institutions in the United States. Over 90% of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault. These rates are especially higher among women of color and LGBTQ students. This may be out of fear of disbelief, stigma or multiple other reasons […]


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By Cristina Restrepo in Best Practices, Student Conduct posted: Aug, 10th 2018

Symplicity Advocate Client Advisory Meeting Recap

A couple of weeks ago we hosted the first Symplicity Advocate Client Advisory Meeting at our headquarters in Arlington, VA. We were joined by 10 representatives from our client institutions including Duke University, SUNY Albany, West Virginia University, as well as remote attendees from UC Berkeley and Illinois State University. The event provided our clients […]


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By Steve Watt in Advising, Best Practices, Student Conduct posted: May, 15th 2018

Change the Course Report Australia – Webinar Highlights

If we polled higher education staff members, how many do you think would be confident that most universities are assuring a consistent response to sexual assault and harassment complaints? The “Change the Course” national report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities found “More than half of all university students were sexually harassed […]


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By Cristina Restrepo in Events, Student Conduct posted: Feb, 27th 2018

Conference Recap: 2018 Advocate Symposium

On February 20, the 2018 Advocate Symposium cultivated expertise and innovation on student conduct at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, Fl. This year’s event was bigger than ever, bringing together 80 representatives from 54 higher education institutions from the U.S. and Canada for a full day of networking, best practice sharing, training and developing of […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Oct, 6th 2017

3 Core Focuses for Managing Academic Integrity Issues

Cheating has always been an issue that higher ed administrators have had to deal with, but in today’s digital age, the problem has arguably gotten even trickier to manage. Students with mobile devices are now able to quickly snap pictures of exams or text their friends the answers the second a professor looks away. Forget […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Sep, 27th 2017

UPDATE: What Betsy DeVos Means for Title IX

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ repeal of Obama-era guidance on September 22, 2017 poses to change how student conduct offices in higher education will manage sexual misconduct cases. Under DeVos’ leadership, the U.S. Department of Education withdrew the guidelines for handling cases of sexual misconduct put in place during the Obama-administration era. From the beginning of […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Sep, 21st 2017

Betsy DeVos and Title IX: What Has and Hasn’t Happened Yet

Title IX and the issue of campus sexual assault continued to dominate conversations on college campuses across the nation throughout the summer. Groups representing the rights of both the victims of sexual assault and the accused remained sharply divided on what would constitute a fair and balanced approach from the Trump Administration and its Education […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Aug, 8th 2017

Steps to Sexual Violence Prevention on Australian Campuses

Sexual assault and sexual harassment have been a decades-long issue on college campuses. For the first time in Australia’s history, a report reveals its impact, and this is drawing national attention by providing significant data to backup victims’ and advocates’ claims. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission 2017 National Report on Sexual Assault and […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Jul, 27th 2017

What You Can Do to Make Greek Life on Your Campus Safer

Sexual assault, date rape, accidental deaths from drinking or drugs at parties – all stories we hear far too frequently in the context of Greek life at colleges and universities. Not only are events like these completely devastating to an institution’s community, but they can also be devastating in terms of reputational consequences and lawsuits. […]


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By Theresa Bibeau in Student Conduct posted: Jul, 6th 2017

How Bill 132 Affects Higher Ed Institutions in Canada

In response to a number of high-profile sexual assault cases across Canada, “Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment)” was passed in Ontario in the spring of 2016. The law has been enforced as of September 2016. Bill 132 affects both workplaces and universities, […]


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