The Department of Education has proposed regressive changes to Title IX that impact both college and K-12 students.
Tell the Department your concerns and objections to these new regulations before January 29, 2019.
What the new regulations would do for K-12
If approved, the new regulations would:
- Narrow the definition of sexual harassment so that students might have to endure escalating incidents of harassment before the school will respond.
- Permit schools to ignore cyber sexual harassment or sexual harassment that occurs off-campus.
- Allow schools to delay their Title IX investigations indefinitely.
- Place more obstacles in the path of student survivors who want their schools to protect their rights to an education free from sexual harassment.
- Allow a school to ignore a complaint of sexual harassment unless a someone notifies a school official who is authorized to take “corrective measures.”
- Require student survivors of ongoing sexual harassment or sexual assault to make a formal complaint before the school could take Title IX action and offer supportive measures.
Steps you can take
Read why the proposed regulations are harmful to K-12 students:
Watch these students urge action:
Submit a comment on the proposed rules:
Title IX Notice and Comment: A quick guide to what you need to know (Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force)
Sample comment (National Women’s Law Center)