NWLC Calls on the Biden Administration to Release Final Title IX Rule
Washington, DC – The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and partners including End Rape on Campus, Every Voice Coalition, It’s on Us, Know Your IX, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Equal Rights Advocates, Public Justice, and Just Solutions along with 118 groups, call on the Biden administration to release the promised final Title IX rule.
During his 2020 campaign, President Biden committed to swiftly undoing the harmful Title IX rule issued by the Trump administration that weakened protections against sex-based harassment in K-12 schools and higher education. However, it wasn’t until July 2022 that the Department of Education proposed a new Title IX rule to restore protections against sex-based harassment and strengthen protections for LGBTQI+ students and pregnant and parenting students. Earlier this year, the Department of Education also proposed a Title IX rule addressing the rights of transgender, nonbinary, and intersex students to play school sports. Despite being initially set for May 2023, the release of a final Title IX rule addressing all of these issues was pushed to October. As the month comes to a close, students are still waiting for these important changes to the Title IX rules.
In a joint letter to the administration calling for urgent action to finalize the rule, the groups write, “With attacks on survivors, LGBTQI+ people, and pregnant individuals on the rise, students across the U.S. are more than ever relying on this administration to defend and strengthen their Title IX rights.”
Shiwali Patel, Director of Justice for Students Survivors & Senior Counsel at NWLC, emphasizes:
“With every delay, Title IX’s promise of ending sex discrimination in school is further diminished, and LGTBQI+ students, pregnant and parenting students, and survivors of sexual assault are further endangered. Without robust Title IX protections, they are being denied critical support to succeed in school, harassed and retaliated against, and forced out of school. Since the Trump rules have been in effect for more than three complete school years, some students have gone through almost all of their secondary school or college experience under the Trump Title IX rule, which pushes sex-based harassment under the rule and provides no protection to LGBTQI+ students. The Biden administration needs to fulfill its commitment to students and cross the finish line to finalize the new Title IX rule immediately. Students deserve to learn in safe, welcoming, and supportive educational environments. Time is running out.”