On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education issued their final regulations on how K-12 school districts and college campuses must respond to allegations of sexual harassment. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said the final regulations under Title IX — which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational institutions — were issued after considering various stakeholder comments and as many as 124,000 public comments made since the proposed guidelines were issued in November 2018.
The overall intent of the new Title IX regulations is to provide students accused of sexual misconduct with stronger due process protections. As a result, there are many additional requirements that include very specific grievance and investigation procedures that must be adopted by educational institutions.
The new regulations are scheduled to take effect August 14, 2020, and will require modification of current sexual harassment policies, including investigation procedures.
School & College Legal Services of California is offering a webinar, entitled, “New Title IX Regulations for 2020-2021,” on June 3, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where they will cover in more detail the new requirements under Title IX. Click here for more details and to register..