U.S. Department of Education launches new Title IX resources for students, institutions and historic New rule takes effect August 14, 2020 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
  • WASHINGTON - secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched new resources to help students and schools understand the protections provided by the historical regulation of the Department in Title IX, since the rule takes full effect today. Rule announced on May 6, 2020, after years of input from stakeholders, feedback from the public and careful deliberation, many new measures extending protection against sexual harassment, and strongly safeguard the rights of all students, including the right to due process. The Department has also launched a new website that provides a comprehensive resource for this key information, including how to file a complaint, an overview of the protections of the rule for survivors, and detailed seminar on how schools can implement and fully enforce the new provisions in the law.

    "Today we mark a new era in the storied history of Title IX in which the right to equal access to education required by law is actually protected for all students," said Secretary DeVos. "Every student should know that your school will be held responsible for responding to incidents of sexual misconduct and should treat all students fairly. This rule, as the courts have recently pointed out, restores the balance of the scales of justice in our schools, ending one of the most infamous and damaging oversteps the previous administration. "

    The new website will serve as a center line information and resources students can use to understand their rights under Title IX and what the new rule means they are. It also provides a robust data sheet for students who dispels myths and falsehoods about the Rule. For example, the law expressly prohibits students to question each other directly, and requires schools to provide support services to students, even if a student chooses not to proceed with a formal complaint process. The website is also home to information on how the courts have opined on the new article and the importance of due process and includes statements of legislators, lawyers respected, and other major thought leaders about the importance of due process for all students.

    to access the website, please click here

    Background in Title IX Rule:

    Since the beginning of its mandate, the DeVos Secretary he has worked to ensure that all students have the freedom to learn in a safe environment free from discrimination. The regulation carries the weight of law, unlike the much-criticized the letter of the previous administration "Dear Colleague" on the topic denying students basic protections of due process and led the courts often overturn school decisions, submitting survivors of major trauma. With the benefit of the participation of the robust public in the regulatory process, regulation of Title IX reflects the commitment DeVos Secretary 'to ensure that the claim of sexual misconduct of each person takes seriously the while ensuring fair treatment of anyone accused of misconduct.

    The main provisions of the Department of new regulation of Title IX of Education:

  • Define sexual harassment to include sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, as unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex
  • Provides a coherent framework and legally sound on which the survivors, the defendant, and schools can rely
  • requires schools to provide clear, accessible options for anyone to report sexual harassment
  • empowers survivors to make decisions about how a school responds to incidents of sexual harassment
  • requires schools to provide survivors measures support, such as reassignments class or bedroom or no-contact orders
  • Protect K-12 st udents by requiring primary and secondary schools to respond quickly when any school employee tie ne notice of sexual harassment
  • contains the universities responsible for outside sexual harassment campus in houses owned or under the control of fraternities and sororities authorized by school
  • Restores equity college campuses to defend the rights of the student written notice of allegations, the right to counsel and the right to present, questioning, and the evidence challenge in a live audience
  • survivors protected from having to meet face to face with the accused at a hearing and answer questions raised personally by the defendant
  • requires schools to select one of the two standards of evidence, the preponderance of the standard of evidence or the standard of clear and convincing evidence, and apply uniformly selected standard procedures for all students and employees, including faculty
  • proportion one protection "shield rape" and ensures Ivors surveillance are not required to disclose medical privileged records, psychological, or similar
  • Requires schools to offer the same right of appeal from both parties to proceedings Title IX
  • gives schools flexibility to use technology to conduct investigations and hearings Title IX remotely
  • protects students and teachers by prohibiting schools use the Title IX in a way that deprives students and teachers of the rights guaranteed by the first Amendment
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