DOE To Issue New Title IX Rules On Sexual Harassment And Assault In Colleges
Betsy DeVos soon is expected issue revised Title IX final regulations which will immediately impact how federally-funded educational institutions should respond to sexual harassment and assault complaints on campus. This follows the proposed final rule she issued in November, 2018 which had a sixty-day public comment period during which the department of education received 124,196 public comments that the Department of Education took months to review. These proposed rules as well as the rescinding of the prior Obama rules for responding to sexual harassment/assault caused a firestorm of response from women’s rights groups, advocates for sexual assault survivors, and Democrats across the country and others who believe that these rules go too far to protect the accused and not far enough to protect the complainants who have been harassed or assaulted. They have alleged that they will make our college campuses less safe for women. However, due to the incredible response from these groups and due to how controversial these rules are, the proposed rules have not been finalized and are not effective yet. What should your school do in the interim until final rules have been issued?
First and foremost, educational institutions need to better understand their legal obligations when students complain of sexual harassment or sexual abuse. Having a step-by-step plan will ensure that you are best able to defend your school’s actions and that you are able to avoid liability for a failure to comply with your legal obligations. Too many colleges and higher education institutions get this one wrong. Don’t let that happen to you. This webinar will not only provide an in-depth review of the new rules and how they differ from the prior as well as when they will be effective but will also provide you with a step-by-step guide for responding to and investigating claims that students have been harassed or sexually abused on campus.
Just a sample of what this webinar will cover:
- Better understand your college’s legal obligations under Title IX to address sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus.
- Be prepared with a step-by-step guide to help you know how to respond to sexual harassment or sexual assault complaints from start to finish.
- Learn about the final Title IX regulations Betsy DeVos will soon issue and what changes these require for your educational institution.
- Will the final regulations still require cross-examination of the complainant?
- Do the final regulations cover assaults that happen off campus such as at fraternity parties?
- Understand the changes in Betsy DeVos’ final rules on Title IX and Sexual Assault and when they may become effective.
- Learn about the rights of the complainant as well as the accused.
- Understand what other educational institutions are doing in the interim until final regulations become effective.
- Understand how best to prevent legal liability for your college.
- And much more!
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