#HandsOffIX is the social media hashtag created to oppose the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed amendments to the Title IX regulations. These changes would dangerously impact both college and K-12 students. Public opposition from organizations, attorneys general, lawmakers, organizations, school superintendents, principals, psychologists, survivors, and individuals is substantial. As of February 1st, over 104,000 comments have been submitted to the regulations.gov website, with the final count still unknown.
SSAIS contributed to the effort opposing the regulations by educating the public about their impact on K-12 students. Our work appeared in Ms. Magazine Blog, Education Post, Bustle, and Seattle’s Child.
SSAIS also encouraged the public to submit comments on the proposed regulations during the 60-day notice and comment period. Read our comment here.
On December 4, SSAIS presented our concerns about the proposed new regulations to representatives of the Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the Department of Education.
SSAIS continues to collaborate with Title IX advocates to follow the Education Department’s next steps. Revisit this page for the latest developments.
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.