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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.

Sept. 22, 2017 Withdrawal of  April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter *

"The Department imposed these regulatory burdens without affording notice and the opportunity for public comment. Under these circumstances, the Department has decided to withdraw the above referenced guidance documents in order to develop an approach to student sexual misconduct that responds to the concerns of stakeholders and that aligns with the purpose of Title IX to achieve fair access to educational benefits. The Department intends to implement such a policy through a rulemaking process that responds to public comment. The Department will not rely on the withdrawn documents in its enforcement of Title IX.

 Chronicle Articles titled What does the End of Obama's Title IX Guidance Mean for Colleges?, Sept., 22, 2017 and What You Need to Know about the New Guidance on Title IX

Sept. 22, 2017 Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

From a New York Times article titled DeVos Reverses Obama-era Policy on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

Department officials, in a conference call with reporters on Friday, indicated that they might discontinue some of the 350 or so active investigations if those cases hinged on rules that have now been rescinded.

OCR Instructions to the Field on Investigating Complaints: June 2017

The memorandum instructs regional officers on how to determine the scope of an investigation. In particular, regional officers will no longer follow the rule requiring them to obtain three years of past complaint data in order to assess an institution's compliance.