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Notre Dame College Leaders Offer Expert Advice at Prestigious National Conference

Vice President and General Counsel Dave Armstrong and Dean of Student Affairs Brian Emerson recently spoke at Stetson University’s National Conference on Law and Higher Education. 

Now in its 34th year, the conference is widely regarded as the nation’s premier and most influential conference on higher education law in America. The conference is an interactive, interdisciplinary experience that focuses on the legal and policy issues surrounding higher education.

Armstrong and Emerson are recognized as experts in the field of Title IX and harassment.

Over a four-day period, Armstrong spoke on four different panels and provided his technical knowledge of the law in higher education in a useful and pragmatic manner.  Topics he presented were “The Great Regulatory Compliance Challenge: Promising Practices for Coordinating Legal Compliance Efforts on Campus;” the “General Counsel Luncheon;”and “Building and Sustaining Strong Effective Campus-community Coalitions.” 

Armstrong represented Notre Dame as a growing institution that has become a leader in the field, and used the College as a focal point in his discussions and highlighted the many positive things occurring on campus.   

Joining Armstrong in representing the College, Emerson, also the College's Title IX coordinator, presented at the “Title IX Compliance Workshop: Preferred Practices in Light of Recent Yale and Xavier Letters,” which was a highlight session of the day. 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."  Emerson’s presentation focused on the practical challenges of implementing Title IX in light of recent Office of Civil Rights actions at Xavier and Yale. 

Notre Dame has been recognized at the national level for its proactive approach toward elimination of campus harassment in all forms, including sexual assault, by educating students on their rights; enhancing counseling, intervention and support services; fostering a culture of openness and awareness; and taking immediate action to mediate and report on all allegations.