Sex-based harassment can seriously affect students’ education. It can be hard to learn in school if your teacher or classmates are sexually harassing you, if you have to be in the same spaces as your rapist or abusive partner, and/or if trauma from sexual violence is impacting your mental or physical health. That’s why a federal civil rights law called Title IX requires schools to provide “supportive measures” that protect your ability to feel safe and learn in school if you have experienced sex-based harassment. For example, Title IX may require your school to give you extensions on homework, a no-contact order, free counseling, a free campus escort, or a change in your class schedule.
But in 2020, the Trump administration made changes to the Title IX rules, which reduced schools’ obligations to help students who have faced sex-based harassment. The Biden administration is planning to issue new Title IX rules, and we hope they move fast in doing so, but for now, the Trump rule, for the most part, is still the law. Since the Trump administration released the new rule, survivors have been more confused than ever about how to get supportive measures in school. The good news is that schools are still required to help survivors. Please read the FAQs below to learn more about your options as a survivor!