Don’t Get Stuck in the Weeds: 11 Tips for Small Colleges in Pennsylvania to Comply with the New Title IX RegulationsOn August 5, 2020 by Schnader in Higher Education
Karen Baillie, Co-Chair of Schnader’s Higher Education Practice Group, published a client alert, “Don’t Get Stuck in the Weeds: 11 Tips for Small Colleges in Pennsylvania to Comply with the New Title IX Regulations.”
A heads up for institutions of higher education: the U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence become effective August 14, 2020. The new federal regulations follow on the heels of Pennsylvania’s June 30, 2020 deadline for all schools to adopt and post a policy to prevent sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus and to accept reports pursuant to an online reporting system. In addition, new case law from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit makes it clear that all colleges – even private colleges – must allow individuals accused of sexual misconduct violations the opportunity to defend themselves at live hearings with cross examination.
The new federal regulations provide in great detail each school’s obligation to respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Some of the requirements may be particularly difficult for smaller schools to implement. Luckily, the regulations allow and encourage schools to work together and/or with external providers to help fill any gaps.