*** Title IX Update *** Last year, we sued former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in order to stop changes to Title IX rules that would encourage and even require schools to be complicit in sexual harassment and violence. Here is the update on our lawsuit, wherein the judge recently vacated one provision of the rule. Now we’re urging the Biden-Harris administration to restore Title IX protections and make schools safer for all students. Title IX is here for everyone’s safety.
The Department of Education has announced it does not plan to propose a new Title IX rule until May 2022. Read this letter from 116 Survivor Advocate Organizations, Civil Rights Organizations, and Education Associations Urging the Department of Education to Take Swift Action on the Title IX Rule.
In June 2021, the Department of Education heard directly from students, educators, and other stakeholders in a week-long Public Hearing on how to restore and strengthen civil rights protections under Title IX. Read the collective statement from NWLC and student survivors following the aftermath of the hearings. And read these comments from a wide range of stakeholders on what the Department of Education should do to restore and strengthen Title IX:
- NWLC-led Comment on behalf of 58 Survivor Advocate Organizations and Civil Rights Organizations on Sexual Harassment
- Federal School Discipline & Climate Group-led Comment on behalf of 32 Organizations and Individuals regarding Retaliation and Discipline of Sexual Assault Survivors
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities’ Comment on Sexual Harassment
- GLSEN-led Comment behalf of 87 Civil Rights and Education Organizations regarding Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
- Women’s Sports Foundation-led Comment on behalf of 57 Organizations and Individuals in Support of Transgender Athletes
- Family Equality-led Comment on behalf of 39 Organizations regarding Discrimination Against Children of LGBTQ+ Parents
- Comment from 20 Members of National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education on Sexual Harassment, Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination, and Other Sex Discrimination in Education
- 74 Members of Congress’ Comment on Sexual Harassment
- 62 State Legislators’ Comment on Sexual Harassment and Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination
- 176 College Survivors’ Comment on Employee-on-Student Sexual Harassment
- Comment from 24 student groups and 595 students, survivors, and alumni led by Know Your IX, End Rape on Campus, The Every Voice Coalition, and It’s On Us on behalf of Students and Survivors regarding Sexual Harassment
- Dr. Judith Herman-led Comment on Behalf of 290 Mental Health and Trauma Specialists
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- Schools still have Title IX duties: Check out the 100 School Districts: Student Toolkit to learn about what sexual harassment is, what your current Title IX rights are, and how you can fight for better sexual harassment policies at your school. (Note: The 100 School Districts Report and Student Toolkit can also be helpful for students in higher education!)
For students with disabilities, schools also have to provide reasonable accommodations and comply with other laws.
- Schools can create better policies: The 100 School Districts Report and Student Toolkit explain how schools can adopt comprehensive policies to prevent and address sexual harassment, and how students can push their schools to adopt these policies. NWLC’s resources on dress codes, privacy, and mandatory police referrals can also help schools create better sexual harassment policies.
- Students can talk to a lawyer: Students who want to talk to a lawyer about a school Title IX investigation or a potential Title IX lawsuit can reach out to NWLC’s Legal Network for Gender Equity.
- Advocates are fighting the Trump rule: The Trump Title IX rule is harmful to student survivors. However, many advocates, including NWLC, are fighting in the courts to block the Trump rule, and President Biden has also announced his plans to review the Title IX rule. In the meantime, read this blog post and fact sheet to learn more about the Trump Title IX rule.