Proposed Title IX Regulations: Preparing for a New Framework

November 28, 2018

Complimentary Webinar

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (ET)


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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.

Webinar Topics

  • 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


Melissa Wolf Riley

R. Craig Wood

Mark B. Hubbard
Senior Vice President