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  • Writer's pictureJD Slaughter

What Do The Education Department’s New Title IX Rules Mean For Students

The College Post reports:

The U.S. Department of Education is making some changes to the rules of Title IX, the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender and has particular relevance to sexual violence on college campuses. The new rules will change how universities litigate disputes related to sexual assault.
In 2011, under the Obama administration, Title IX regulation entered a new chapter when the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights began requiring institutions to take immediate action to eliminate, prevent, and address any form of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, should the institution become aware of any such student-on-student harassment. The Education Department implemented those rules on the basis that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination.
Now, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at the helm of the Department of Education, Title IX rules are set to change again and could substantially change the way universities litigate sexual harassment complaints. DeVos initially proposed the new rules in November of 2018, and schools are set to begin implementing them in the coming weeks.
The new rules will define dating violence, domestic abuse, and stalking as forms of gender discrimination that universities must address and will also make it easier for religiously affiliated schools to qualify for an exemption from Title IX.

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