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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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
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