Any day now, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s new Title IX regulations will be published. They are expected to substantially change the requirements for responding to sexual misconduct in an educational environment. While the final content remains unknown, one thing is certain – institutional policies, processes and practices surrounding sexual misconduct will remain under a microscope.
For higher education, K-12 schools, and teaching hospitals, now is the time to think proactively about establishing a strong foundation for both complying and balancing the important legal obligations, rights, and values that arise in these situations.
While we wait, consider these recommendations:
Taking these proactive steps, and working with outside counsel that understands both Title IX and your mission, will position you well for the analysis and work to come.
In the coming weeks Pamela Connelly will post a deeper dive on a few of these recommendations. In the meantime, you can reach out to Ms. Connelly at email@example.com or (412) 281-5423 with any questions or to discuss.