Title IX, the landmark civil rights law passed in 1972 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally assisted educational programs and activities, is receiving increased attention relative to how sexual assault cases are handled on campuses around the country. Title IX is no longer known only for its role in gender equity in athletics or employment, but also in how it defines a college or university’s responsibility to prevent and respond to alleged sexual assaults in campus communities.
With the 2013 Violence Against Women Act and a 2011 Dear Colleague Letter from the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the complexities of interpreting Title IX continue to increase. Earlier this year, the White House created a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Most recently, the Task Force published new resources, while OCR issued new guidance and made public the names of 60 institutions that are currently under investigation related to sexual assault.
In this period of heightened awareness, how can colleges and universities proactively address the myriad of regulations and guidance? In this webinar, we discuss the changing risk landscape of Title IX and address the following: