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Title IX Coordinators: Review of New Guidance from the Department of Education

On April 28, 2015 by Schnader

On April 24, 2015, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a new Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) and a letter directly to Title IX Coordinators, as well as a new 25-page Title IX Resource Guide. These reflect OCR’s focus on ensuring that Title IX Coordinators have the appropriate authority and full support necessary from their institutions in order to perform their responsibilities.  

It is clear that OCR is pushing for full-time Title IX Coordinators, annual campus climate surveys and increased visibility through a dedicated Title IX webpage, a “prominently displayed link” to that page on the institution’s homepage and the use of social media. In addition, the Title IX Resource Guide reminds Title IX Coordinators that while OCR’s focus has been on responding to and preventing sexual assault, the Coordinator remains responsible for ensuring compliance with prohibitions on sex-based discrimination in recruitment, financial assistance, athletics and discipline.

Please click here to read the full Alert.

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