Please join McGuireWoods lawyers and public affairs professionals for a discussion of the Department of Education’s much-anticipated proposed Title IX regulations, released late last week. These rules are designed to clarify educational institutions’ responsibilities for investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. Learn how to start planning for these regulations now. The focus of this webinar will be on higher education, but the regulatory changes generally apply to K-12 schools as well.
Specific changes from previous guidance documents include:
A definition of what constitutes sexual harassment actionable under Title IX
What knowledge by a school triggers a duty to respond
When off-campus conduct implicates Title IX
A clearer standard for when schools would be liable for Title IX violations
Greater control for complainants, including more opportunities for informal complaint resolution
Due process protections for complainants and respondents, including the option to use a higher evidentiary standard
The proposed regulations will now undergo a 60-day public comment period.
Brief outline of the important changes
Discussion of policy changes institutions may want to consider during the comment period
Best practices in light of the proposed regulations
When and how to involve boards in the Title IX discussion
Public relations issues with student advocacy groups and the academic community
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