The following resources will help colleges and universities navigate the changes mandated by the Department of Education, make necessary modifications to existing university procedures and protocols in order to stay compliant under new regulations, and to assist campuses as they address sexual violence on campus.
Title IX Overhaul
The Department of Education, under the Trump Administration, has proposed significant changes to the handling of campus sexual assault under Title IX. The higher education community responded to these proposed changes in a comment letter to the Department. The letter highlighted both positive facets of the proposal, and areas of concern with alternative recommendations. A full list of proposal highlights and areas of concern with accompanying recommendations are available here.
Federal Agency Resources
ED Office for Civil Rights: Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Investigations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (November 29, 2018)
ED Office for Civil Rights: Case Processing Manual (Effective Date: March 5, 2018)
ED Office for Civil Rights: Field Instructions on OCR Investigation Processing (Repeals previous OCR guidance and provides for a much narrower scope of OCR investigations)
ED Office for Civil Rights: Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing 2011 DCL on sexual violence and 2014 Q&A (September 22, 2017)
ED Office for Civil Rights: Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct (September 2017)
DOJ Office on Violence Against Women Final Report on Campus Climate Surveys (January 21, 2016)
ED Final regulations implementing VAWA (October 20, 2014)
ED Office for Civil Rights: Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence (April 29, 2014) subsequently withdrawn
ED Office for Civil Rights: Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence (April, 4, 2011) subsequently withdrawn
White House Task Force
The Obama White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault was created in January 2014. Co-chaired by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls, its goals included providing higher education institutions with best practices for preventing and responding to rape and sexual assault as well as improving transparency of government enforcement activities. The task force resources below can still be useful to campuses, regardless of Administration change.
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Title IX & Campus Safety