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Social Justice Monday: The Trump Administration, Sexual Violence & Student Discipline in Education

Monday, Oct 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM PDT
Room C5Map Location
This event does not require an RSVP.

Faculty and the Access to Justice Institute present

The Trump Administration, Sexual Violence & Student Discipline in Education: A Beachhead in the War on Civil Rights?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Noon – 12:50 p.m.

Sullivan Hall, Room C5

Soup Lunch Provided 

In August 2018, the New York Times reported on a leaked draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), written by the Trump administration’s Department of Education (ED). The NPRM will seek to codify intentions announced by Secretary Betsy DeVos last year, when she rescinded Obama-era guidance and issued “interim guidance” regarding sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Please join Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo as she discusses three aspects of the context surrounding this expected NPRM. These three aspects indicate that attacks on Title IX, of which the NPRM is the most serious to date, are an attempt to establish a "beachhead" in a wider war on civil rights that will undercut civil rights protections against discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and disability as well as gender. Professor Cantalupo will also suggest ways that students and faculty can get involved in a civil rights struggle with potential implications for civil rights far beyond Title IX.

Nancy Chi Cantalupo is an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law and a nationally-recognized expert on gender-based violence in education. Her research draws from nearly 25 years of work as a researcher, campus administrator, student activist, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker. Her scholarship focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence, and includes articles in the Yale Law Journal Forum, Maryland Law Review, and the peer-reviewed social science journal Trauma, Violence & Abuse, as well as a co-authored study in the Utah Law Review and a forthcoming article in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. She has written op-eds for the New York Times, Time, USA Today, and Washington Post. She has consulted repeatedly with President Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, participated in a U.S. Senate roundtable, served as a Negotiator on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that amended regulations for the Clery Act, and testified before the Maryland and Virginia state legislatures. Recently she co-authored a report on 16,000+ comments filed in a U.S. Department of Education comment call, “Widely Welcomed and Supported by the Public: A Report on the Title IX-Related Comments in the U.S. Department of Education's Executive Order 13777 Comment Call” and “Title IX & the Preponderance of the Evidence: A White Paper,” signed by over 115 law professors, and drafted Standards of Practice for investigations of campus dating, domestic, sexual and stalking violence for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Professor Cantalupo’s past and present pro bono work includes serving on the Advisory Board for SurvJustice, and the Board of Directors for the Asian/Pacific-Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project and the Conference of Asian Pacific American Law Faculty.

Social Justice Monday is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2018-2019 academic year, please contact Abby Goldy at