Enacting Transparent and Fair Processes for Students: Naomi Shatz Outlines Long-Awaited Reforms as Massachusetts Governor Signs Campus Sexual Violence Bill into Law

Naomi Shatz (’08), Partner with Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, authored an article on Boston Lawyer Blog discussing key components and relevant Title IX considerations of the newly signed Massachusetts campus sexual violence law, which regulates how schools must address complaints of sexual misconduct, including procedural protections, notice requirements and access to evidence requirements (“Massachusetts Legislature Passes Campus Sexual Violence Bill,” Jan. 7). “People bringing and defending against sexual misconduct claims have to have sufficient information about the allegations and evidence to be able to prepare their cases. Most importantly, these protections apply uniformly to all sexual misconduct cases at institutions of higher education in the state, not only those that occur on campus and are brought by someone who is part of the school’s program. Imposing clearer procedures on colleges and universities in the Commonwealth will bring much needed uniformity, clarity, and fairness to the patchwork of policies currently used by schools.”