What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX.
Why Title IX is important?
This law is important because it requires universities to respond promptly and effectively to address any report of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct and actively take steps to prevent it.
Title IX guidance from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in 2011 (commonly referred to as the Dear Colleague Letter) holds colleges and K-12 schools accountable for timely responses to sexual assault—recognizing that sexual assault is a form of sex discrimination and can interfere with a person’s equal access to educational programs and activities. The Title IX guidance establishes a framework for reports to be received, investigated, and resolved in a timely, fair, and impartial manner in educational institutions.
What is happening with Title IX?
On September 7, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced plans to review and potentially alter Title IX guidance. There are indications that portions of the guidance will be eliminated or altered in ways that would be detrimental to sexual assault victims.
All students have the right to an education free from sexual harassment and violence. Removing or rolling back the current Title IX guidance would be a step backward in the fight to end sexual assault on college campuses.