Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence,

On September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights released guidance announcing the withdrawal of the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence, and the April 29, 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence.  The Department announced in its September 22, 2017 Dear Colleague Letter that it intends to engage in a rulemaking process to “develop an approach to student sexual misconduct that responds to the concerns of stakeholders and that aligns with the purpose of Title IX to achieve fair access to educational benefits.”  In the interim, the Office for Civil Rights has released a Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct which, along with the 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance, provides a framework for schools’ compliance with Title IX.  

Download the full alert HERE.