Around the industry: South Carolina schools must report fraternity, sorority conduct under new law

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  • California: The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with Occidental College to resolve a sexual violence and sexual harassment complaint investigation. Before the investigation concluded, Occidental agreed to implement mandatory training for staff and faculty to review three years of case files. "OCR's investigation found a campus actively engaged in important work to satisfy Title IX responsibilities for all students," says Catherine Lhamon, the Education Department's assistant secretary for civil rights" (Inside Higher Ed, 6/10).
  • New York: Columbia University will no longer require applicants to submit the writing portion of the ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests. Students may still submit the materials for consideration if they wish (Columbia University press release, accessed 6/10).
  • South Carolina: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has signed into law a bill requiring public universities to publish acts of misconduct by fraternities and sororities each semester. The Tucker Hipps Transparency Act is named after a Clemson University fraternity pledge who was found dead in a lake after an early morning run with other pledges in 2014. The law is projected to cost state universities $680,000 to implement this year (Jackson, Post and Courier, 6/9).

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