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Our Title IX Coordinator is Chosen to Train National Higher Education Community

UAlbany Title IX Coordinator Chantelle Cleary J.D., will extend her expertise to support the training efforts for The National Center for Campus Public Safety. (Photo by Brian Busher)

Albany, N.Y. (February 1, 2016) – In recognition of her expertise in the field of sexual violence prevention efforts, the University at Albany’s Title IX Coordinator, Chantelle Cleary J.D., has been selected as an educational instructor for The National Center for Campus Public Safety’s (NCCPS) Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication Educational Program.

Cleary was selected after a competitive application and selection process, and joins 25 additional, new instructors from across the nation. This month, the NCCPS will begin the national roll out of this new, groundbreaking curriculum that has been developed after rigorous pilot programming, evaluation, and updates.

“Chantelle’s extensive training and experience in the best practices in sexual assault investigation are central to UAlbany’s national leadership in the area of sexual assault investigation,” said UAlbany President Robert J. Jones. “We are fortunate to have her leading our efforts, and I know that she will make a tremendous contribution as an educator for the NCCPS.”

The National Center for Campus Public Safety was charged by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in their April 2014 Not Alone report to develop a Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigation and Adjudication curriculum for campus officials. To meet this mandate, the NCCPS has worked with nationally recognized subject matter experts in the fields of sexual and gender-based violence investigations, Title IX, the Clery Act, victim's advocacy, student conduct, and psychology to develop a leading-edge curriculum which will be delivered to the higher education community.

“This is an exciting time for the NCCPS as we prepare to offer our curriculum to the higher education community. We are pleased to have found amazing educators to help us deliver what is, quite possibly, a game-changing trauma-informed curriculum to campus officials at institutions of higher education across the country,” said Director Kim Richmond.

Cleary joined the University in 2015. She is an attorney with experience in the District Attorney’s Offices of Albany, Clinton and New York counties. During her tenure in Clinton County, she oversaw all cases involving sexual assaults and domestic violence. As a prosecutor, she directly supervised felony trials and cases.

In 2010, she joined the Special Victim's Unit of the Albany County District Attorney's office, where she investigated and prosecuted cases of sexual and domestic violence and collaborated with various college campuses and the local community to address the issue of sexual assault and connect the victims of these crimes with community support services. An alumna of SUNY, Chantelle earned an undergraduate degree from Binghamton University, and in 2006, her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School.

The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) is located in Burlington, Vermont with a mission to provide useful resources and information to support safer campus communities. The NCCPS was established in 2013, with bipartisan Congressional support, following a competitive grant process and award from the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). A cooperative agreement and subsequent funding were awarded to Margolis Healy, a national consulting firm specializing in campus safety, security and regulatory compliance for higher education and K-12, which is responsible for leading the NCCPS.

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