After last year’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the first of three negotiated rulemaking sessions to prepare proposed regulations on how to modify existing campus safety and reporting requirements began today at the United States Department of Education according to Politico.

The bill signed into law by President Barack Obama includes the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which amends the Clery Act — mandating that all higher education institutions must keep and disclose records about crime on or near campus — in an effort to ensure and expand the rights of sexual assault victims on campus. Through the process of negotiated rulemaking, the Department of Education will develop and propose regulations in conjunction with representatives, termed negotiators, from the parties most affected by these policies. Three sessions will be held on this topic, with rulemaking ending on April 1.

The meetings are open to the public.