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U.S. Department Of Education Releases New Questions And Answers On Title IX Regulations
On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment, which clarifies how OCR interprets schools’ existing obligations under the 2020 amendments to the federal Title IX regulations. OCR also released an Appendix that provides examples of Title IX procedures from elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools that may be adapted to implement the 2020 amendments.
The July 2021 Questions and Answers document includes guidance on 67 questions in categories including general Title IX obligations, the definition of sexual harassment, determining whether the sexual harassment occurred within the school’s education program or activity, formal complaints of sexual harassment under Title IX, live hearings (required for post-secondary institutions), informal resolution, and retaliation.
OCR also posted the transcript from its recent virtual public hearing on Title IX.
If your school, college, or university needs assistance understanding and implementing the changing Title IX law and regulations, learn more about LCW’s new Title IX compliance training program and other resources by visiting this page.