Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. All institutions receiving federal funds must comply with the procedural requirements outlined in the Title IX regulations. On April 29th, USDE released new updated guidance describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities and schools receiving federal funds. This guidance is in a Q&A format and builds on the DCL that was issued in April of 2011. It provides greater clarity about the requirements of the law around sexual violence.
On May 1, 2014 the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a list of 55 higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. Releasing this list advances a key goal of President Obama’s White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to bring more transparency to the federal government’s enforcement activities around this issue.