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Updates from the IOA US Lobbying Meeting

By Ellen Miller, IOA Executive Director

IOA secured a Listening Meeting on 17 May 2022 with representatives of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB)/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (ED/OCR). The meeting, known as an EO 12866 meeting, provides an opportunity for stakeholders to meet with US federal agencies prior to the release of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). This meeting was held in anticipation of a NOPR for US Title IX changes. Ellen Miller, IOA Executive Director along with Sarah Klaper and Mark Patterson, IOA Board Members and Co-Chairs of the Advocacy Committee, covered the following with a group of six officials:

  1. Explained the role of organizational ombuds in the US campus safety landscape and illuminated what a typical visit looks like for someone who has experienced or been accused of a Title IX issue.

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Who Are Your Champions?

By Ellen M. Miller, IOA Executive Director

IOA Is Looking to Talk to Ombuds Allies

Many ombuds have allies who understand and promote the value and effectiveness of the ombuds office. Whether they are general counsel, Title IX or Clery coordinators, risk managers, HR or compliance professionals, CEOs, presidents, chancellors, or superintendents (just to name a few), these allies help advocate for the ombuds role within an organization.

In alignment with Goal 2 of our Strategic Plan, "Organizational leaders in key sectors understand and value the ombuds function, and IOA," we would like to gain additional insight into the perspectives of these allies and see if they can help us tell your story, especially to their peers.  Are you willing to make an introduction?  If you have a champion in your organization, please reach out to me via email at [email protected] or give me a call at +1 (619) 943-0792.

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Department of Education Clery Act Updates

Help IOA Track Campus Security Authorities Audits

By Jessica Kuchta-Miller, IOA Government & Policy Committee Co-Chair & Ellen Miller, IOA Executive Director

Calling all Higher-Education Ombuds,

We are writing to see if you are aware of any federal Department of Education audits of your institution or other colleges or universities in which the Department or its consultants are asserting that ombuds should be considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under the Clery Act and regulations.

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