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U.S. Department of Education Revises Guidance Concerning Campus Sexual Misconduct

by FordHarrison on

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its corresponding regulations prohibit sex discrimination in education programs or activities conducted by educational institutions that receive federal financial...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-Era Title IX Guidance Documents, Introduces New Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in two key documents about Title IX and sexual violence...more

OCR Withdraws Obama-Era Title IX Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" that withdrew two key Title IX documents issued during the Obama administration—a Dear Colleague Letter...more

New OCR Title IX Dear Colleague Letter Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Late last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the intention of the Department of Education to overhaul the way it addressed sexual misconduct on college and university campuses, as well as in K-12 schools. As...more

Title IX Directives to Schools for Handling of Sexual Misconduct Claims Rescinded

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. Department of Education issued interim guidance addressing how the Office of Civil Rights will assess Title IX compliance when schools process claims of sexual misconduct, including peer-on-peer sexual harassment and...more

Department of Education Rescinds Obama-Era Title IX Guidance in Advance of New Rulemaking

This morning, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter rescinding the Obama administration’s school sexual assault guidance. The Department also issued a new set of...more

Secretary DeVos’s September 7, 2017 Remarks on Title IX Enforcement Extol Equity and Transparency, Raise New Questions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s hotly anticipated remarks on the future of Title IX enforcement, given yesterday at George Mason University, announced the intention of the Department of Education to overhaul the way it...more

Political Speech, Discrimination and the Law: How Employers Should Respond to Charlottesville

The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other news regarding the activities of white supremacists and similar groups, have served as a rude awakening for many that our national reality has shifted. These...more

Department of Education Releases Training Materials on Handling Sexual Misconduct

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Education (DOE) recently released the Safe Place to Learn resource package, providing schools with a variety of materials aimed at eliminating student-on-student sexual harassment and sexual violence. The...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues Revised Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For the first time in five years, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has updated The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting, the primary resource for institutions of higher education seeking...more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act Takes Effect

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On August 21, 2015 Governor Rauner signed into law the new Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, Public Act 099-0426 (the Act). The new law imposes a number of requirements on higher education...more

A Review of New York’s Proposed Sexual Violence Legislation – Part 4: Climate Surveys, Training and Implementation

In this, our last, post on New York’s proposed sexual violence legislation, we focus briefly on three remaining aspects of the bill: climate surveys, training and implementation....more

Amended Clery Act Regulations Mandate New Disclosures and Procedures

by Williams Mullen on

The Department of Education has published new regulations interpreting and applying the newly modified Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). The rules include a...more

California Adopts Unprecedented “Yes Means Yes” Law, Changing the Way Colleges Must Investigate Sexual Assault Allegations

On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had signed SB967, the so-called “Yes Means Yes” bill into law, effectively changing the definition of “consent” for sexual partners on California...more

Workplace Laws Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

by Sands Anderson PC on

Victims of domestic violence often keep their secrets hidden from the workplace until they need leave to go to court, or don’t show up for work one day due to physical or psychological harm caused by a spouse or loved one....more

New Jersey Joins A Handful of States To Provide Unpaid Leave to Victims of Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault

by Cole Schotz on

On July 17, 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (the “SAFE Act”) into law. The SAFE Act makes New Jersey amongst a handful of states to now provide unpaid leave for...more

New Jersey SAFE Act Becomes Law

by Morgan Lewis on

New Jersey grants the right to take leave from work to victims of domestic violence and their family members. On July 17, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act...more

Domestic Violence Revisited

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

I hope you all had a terrific Fourth of July! I also hope that you were not a victim of domestic violence over a long, hot holiday weekend....more

Department Of Education Asks School Leaders To Address Gender-Based Violence

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In a Dear Colleague letter issued last week to chief state school officers, the U.S. Department of Education called for immediate action to reduce gender-based violence in schools. The letter is short and sets forth only a...more

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