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Welcome to the Title IX section of our webpage. This front page will reflect our most current information on Title IX.


Doe v. Middlebury College, Case No. 1:15-cv-192-jgm (U.S. Dist. Ct. Vermont)-Ruling on Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Sept. 16, 2015) John Doe was exhonerated from any Title IX misconduct by the study abroad partnership program, but was expelled by Middlebury after an investigation but w/o a hearing.  The court granted Doe's preliminary injunction, in this case, brought under breach of contract as policies stated was was subject to the study abroad partner's policies, not Middlebury's policies.

OCR Resolution Agreement with University of Virginia dated Sept. 17, 2015

In addition to a number of other steps (similar to what many schools are doing-expanded Title IX personnel, bystander training, new policy and procedures and updated web page) the University hire an Equity Consultant to advise on Title IX issues. In Section IV. 3 the agreement notes the Title IX Coordinator will have ultimate responsibility for "adjudication of whether sexual harassment or violence has occurred in individual cases". Section VI E is very explicit about training (regular mandatory) for all students, including graduate and professional students. Section IX contains a number of specific terms for the climate survey, including formation of a student campus climate committee. See UVA Today dated Sept. 21, 2015 for a summary by UVA of the OCR findings.

Latest posts by Dept. of Education on Title IX Resources (September 2015) 

OCR Sept. 1, 2015 Letter (42 pages) to Michigan State on handling of two cases under Title IX. This follows a 28 page Resolution Agreement signed by the University and OCR on August 28, 2015.

Not Alone: April 2014 White House Task Force Report on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault***

Doe v. Regents of UC San Diego, Superior Court of California, 7-10-2015*

Court grants Petition for Writ of Mandamsu and ordered UCSD to set aside findings against a student accused of sexual misconduct. The court found the process was unfair and not supported by the evidence, and that Petitioner was unfairly limited in his right to cross examine the primary witness against him.

August 2015: New Resource: The Center for Changing Our Campus Culture, announced by the Department of Justice.  

DCL April 24, 2015 on role of Title IX Coordinators, as well as letter to Title IX Coordinators, and a new Title IX Resource Guide.

  • Clarifies that Coordinator should report directly to Senior Leadership, such as the President.
  • States a preference for a full time Title IX Coordinator dedicated to that role.
  • Title IX Coordinator should be involved in drafting and revision of policies.
  • The website must reflect complete and current information about the School's Title IX Coordinator.
  • There should be a link to Title IX page from University homepage.
  • Title IX Coordinators must be provided with training.

See the ACE Issue Brief on the New Guidance.


Building Partnerships among Law Enforcement Agencies, Colleges and Universities: Developing a MOU to Prevent and Respond Effectively to Sexual Assaults at Colleges and Universties**

Title IX Clery Intersection Chart

Bureau of Justice Statistics Report on Rape and Sexual Assault Among College Age Females, 1995-2013.

The rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents (7.6 per 1,000) than for students (6.1 per 1,000). This goes against the widely publized 1 in 4 figure put forth by DOE.


Sample Language and Definitions of Prohibited Conduct

Sample Language for Interim and Supportive Measures to Protect Students Following an Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

Sample Language for Role of Title IX coordinator

Checklist for Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies

Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) ( 2014) Student Conduct Administration and Title IX: Gold Standard Practices for Resolution of Allegations of Sexual Misconduct on College Campuses

Drinker Biddle Publication 5-13-14 Key Takeaways from Recent Efforts on the Federal Government's Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault on Campus **

Distilling the April 29, 2014 OCR Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence (NACUA password protected)  by Andrea Staff, Associate Counsel, SUNY, May 3, 2013