Objectives of the Presentation
Why Should you Attend
- To examine Title IX's educational requirements
- To discuss the Title IX coordinator's role and responsibility
- To list the 5 steps to compliance with the Clery Act
- To review the 2016 Department of Education's interpretation of the Clery Act and its safety and security requirements
- To discuss the relationship of the violence against women reauthorization act with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance
- To explore OCR's role and responsibility in enforcing sex equity and minimizing sexual violence in higher education
- To question what the new secretary of education, Betsy DeVos and president trump's approach to sex equity in education may entail
- To examine the pushback from those men accused of sexual misconduct on campus
It wasn't too long ago, and even to some extent today, when Title IX was thought of as a "girls in sports" law only. Indeed, today the law still involves equal access and funding for girls' sports but it is so much more than that. Among other protections, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in education programs and activities in K-12 and higher education. Title IX requires that educational institutions provide for an equal education for females and males. The law includes discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and rape; a major issue on college and university campuses around the country. Research suggests college campuses are not responding to complaints of sexual violence according to Title IX law requirements, resulting in students' physical and psychological trauma and violating their civil rights to an equitable education.
Not only does Title IX require that higher education institutions prevent and intervene on instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault, but it is joined by the Clery Act. The Clery Act, a federal law named for a student, Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in 1986, requires that colleges and universities keep a public crime log, send emergency alerts about sexual assaults, train staff and aid victims. Recent lawsuits show that colleges and universities are not abiding by the Clery Act, and that Clery Act fines have more than doubled from their original amount, to $54,789 per violation, following the latest announcement by the Department of Education in April.
Who will Benefit
- Title IX coordinators
- Human rights officers
- Women's studies professors
- Risk management
- Campus security
The U. S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights' (OCR) role and responsibility is to ensure equal access to education through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our K-12 and post-secondary schools. Failure to abide by OCR's Guidance may result in a university or college losing all of its federal funding. OCR issued formal guidance to all schools explains that Title IX also cover sexual violence, and lays out the specific Title IX requirements applicable to sexual violence. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape.