Title IX Information
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My Word (and welcome to it): Responding to Title IX Rollbacks by the DeVos Department of Education (Oct. 1, 2017)
North Country Matters: SUNY Canton Wellness Programs - SUNY Canton is implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to make additional strides toward a safer campus. Farren Lobdell, the Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Rowley, the Title IX Coordinator, at SUNY Canton, discuss the Health and Wellness programs at the college and how these programs are improving the campus climate for all students with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Sept. 21, 2016)
AAUW’s Title IX Champions!
10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION: To Prevent Violence Against Women On College Campuses - download the AAUW-NYS Action Guide!
Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.
School Discipline Guidance and Title IX Webinar (April 4, 2014) - Click the link to play it.
Title IX Know the Score Program in a Box Now Updated - Taking action to help schools in your community reach Title IX compliance has never been easier. More than 40 years after Title IX became law, the majority of federally funded schools still don’t comply. Use Know the Score to check out your local schools today. Remember, grassroots advocacy is one of the best ways to address noncompliance.
Updated December 9, 2017
- Students also need to know how to say #MeToo. So school officials are making a plan - Students can report inappropriate sexual behavior to teachers, counselors, schools police officers or principals, all of whom are legally mandated to report suspected abuse. Anyone can call the Miami-Dade County public schools hotline and leave an anonymous message — 305-995-CARE (2273). The school board agreed with Karp’s plan to create a campaign that spans all grade levels and reminds students how to report a suspected predator, as well as how to identify warning signs of inappropriate adult behavior. The plan would also create a class in The Parent Academy that trains parents to recognize the symptoms of abuse in their children and talk to their children about when adults cross the line.
- State Profiles on Sexuality Education - The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SEICUS) released their 2017 interactive report on sexuality education in the United States. The report includes information about sexuality education in all 50 states, including funding, current state laws, and adolescent sexual health data. This FY 2017 profile for New York includes information (where applicable) on sex/sexuality and HIV/STD education state laws, policies, and legislation; youth sexual health and behavior data; and federally funded programs as implemented in the state, with relevant contact information.
- Implementation of the Dignity for All Students Act - We evaluated the steps the State Education Department (Department) has taken to ensure that: school district policies and practices comply with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA); and school districts report material incidents of discrimination and harassment, as required, to the Department. We also evaluated whether the Department issued timely DASA guidance to school districts that adequately addresses transgender and gender nonconforming students. The audit covered the period July 1, 2012 through April 4, 2017.
- Title IX is often framed as a student issue. But female administrators face discrimination, too. - I have had female presidents tell me they've been catcalled on their own campuses, by male students who didn't realize they were in charge. I've heard others say they wear men's clothing and try to dress in ways that do not call attention to their figures when they attend board meetings, because they are often the only woman in the room. One female district leader wrote in to tell me the harassment she had received by male colleagues affected her confidence and the level of position for which she would consider applying — to go further up the ladder, she assumed, she'd face more of this type of behavior as she'd find herself more outnumbered.
- OCR: 355 Open Sexual Violence Investigations - The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is conducting 355 investigations of issues related to campus sexual violence at 257 postsecondary institutions, according to the most recently updated list of such cases released by the department last week. The Office for Civil Rights has opened 83 active investigations in 2017. Two were added to the list last week -- one involving the University of California, Davis, and another involving the University of South Florida. OCR does not discuss details of ongoing investigations as a matter of policy.
- Emily Nash Denied Boys' Golf Trophy – Which Violates Title IX - Well, Emily Nash, as you can guess from her name, is a girl. However, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, who runs the tournament, only allows boys to win the championship. But, unfortunately for the MIAA, this isn't the 1950s. Now, we have Title IX, and the MIAA has almost certainly violated it, and very likely the federal Constitution as well.
- How SUNY got around the costly market for sexual assault prevention training - The growing awareness and alarm about sexual assault on college campuses in recent years created an unexpected business opportunity. Why not create our own and give it away for free?" That's just what SUNY did this April, and already more than 140 colleges and universities around the nation and in Canada have downloaded the Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response Course known as SPARC, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week. The free online course was the brainchild of University at Albany's Title IX coordinator, Chantelle Cleary, and the school's Information Technology Services director, Mike Bartoletti. Cleary and her team gathered the content and narrated the courses; Bartoletti built the course infrastructure using the campus' learning management system.
- OCR on Sex Violence Cases Filed Under Trump - OCR has moved swiftly to clear a backlog of Title IX complaints -- which may involve sexual misconduct, discrimination or other issues -- for the most part by dismissing cases. Out of 1,500 cases closed by the Trump administration as of August, more than 900 were dismissed outright.
- Lady Gaga, Joe Biden release sexual assault PSA - Biden and Lady Gaga were promoting the “It’s On Us” campaign. Biden and former President Barack Obama launched the initiative in 2014 in an effort to end sexual assault on college campuses.
- Responding to and Preventing Sexual Violence Must Be Higher Priority for K-12, Experts Tell Lawmakers - While victims' advocacy groups have shone a spotlight on sexual violence on college campuses in recent years, responding to and preventing assault is also a problem in elementary and secondary schools, a panel of experts told a bipartisan congressional task force on sexual violence Thursday.
- Three-Fourths of Schools Report Zero Incidents of Sexual Harassment in Grades 7-12 - AAUW recently revisited the 2013–14 data from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) to further examine differences in reported rates by state and differences in the rates at which girls and boys report sexual harassment. The analysis revealed that more than three-fourths (79 percent) of all public schools reported zero incidents of sexual harassment. If these numbers are accurate, 79 percent of schools have zero students coming forward to report cases of sexual harassment — despite many research reports providing evidence that this outcome is statistically impossible. In New York, out of 2,520 schools, 65% reported no incident.
- Who’s Afraid of Title IX? - The attack on Title IX marks the ominous culmination of a coordinated campaign four decades in the making by a coterie of free-market activists including the Koch Institute, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Foundation For Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Earl Ehrhart, the DeVos family, and the Goldwater Institute, among others. The campaign has gained epochal momentum under Donald Trump, who called the Department of Education “massive and it can be largely eliminated.”
- Federal lawsuit against new Title IX guidance claims it is ‘offensive’ and ‘discriminatory’ - On Tuesday, Equal Means Equal, an organization focused on gender discrimination, and three women who say they have experienced sex-based discrimination under Title IX filed a federal lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education. The complaint argues that the department’s new guidance is “unlawful, arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law” and should be vacated and set aside. It says that the new rules violate Title IX, the First Amendment, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Massachusetts Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
- How Legal Agreements Can Silence Victims of Workplace Sexual Assault - The law forbids sexual harassment and assault on the job. But it can also discourage employees from speaking up.
- Norway’s historic pay deal for women’s team shows it can be done - The Norwegian FA’s decision to offer male and female international players equal pay comes at a time when women’s teams are still battling for fairness. Last week the Norwegian football association announced that their women’s national team will now be paid the same as their men’s side. They are the first national FA to have devised an equal pay deal, just a few months after Lewes vowed to do the same for their semi-professional players at The Dripping Pan. This latest deal is especially significant, coming at a time when women’s national teams are standing up and demanding more from the shirt they pull on, and the countries they represent on the international stage.
- DiNapoli: Schools Not Enforcing Anti-Bullying Law - New York schools have not implement key elements of an anti-bullying law, an audit released Friday by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found. “The Dignity for All Students Act was created to protect students but four years later, many schools remain unsure of what to do and make serious errors in reporting incidents of harassment and bullying,” DiNapoli said.
- Congresswoman Speier, DWWG introduce Bill to Defend Title IX - Following the egregious decision by the Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to rescind the Department’s 2011guidance which clarified schools’ responsibilities under Title IX to protect students against sexual violence, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group introduced the Title IX Protection Act. The bill, authored by Rep. Speier, is bill will codify the 2011 guidance and 2014 Question and Answers document on sexual violence and the 2001 guidance on sexual harassment, the latter of which was issued by the Clinton Administration and later reissued in 2006 under the George W. Bush Administration.
- Outsourcing Rape Investigations - Some institutions don’t leave Title IX investigations or adjudication of sexual assault to college leaders or panels. Particularly since the 2011 letter, some have hired outside parties to do the work for them -- lawyers or other trained professionals to conduct the investigation, retired judges for disciplinary hearings. It’s a move generally intended to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest and ensure professionals conduct the type of work that some institutions have sometime struggled to understand.
- North Tonawanda law punishes parents for their kids' bullying - A new anti-bullying law passed by the North Tonawanda Common Council last week is the first of its kind in Western New York and may be the first in New York. It places the legal onus on parents of minors who bully other kids, host parties where laws are violated, or who stay out after the city’s curfew.
- SUNY Albany Sued For Title IX Violations After Elimination Of Women's Tennis Team - The State University of New York at Albany abruptly eliminated the women’s tennis program in March, stranding players—all but one of whom are from other countries and are on student visas—and violating Title IX regulations, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
- OCR: Colleges Can Use Mediation for Sex Assault - In a phone briefing with college lawyers Thursday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Candice Jackson said that colleges can use informal resolutions such as mediation to resolve Title IX complaints -- even those involving sexual assaults.
- Slaughter introduces Title IX support bill - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has introduced a bill intended to defend Title IX protections. “Patsy Mink Gender Equity in Education Act being proposed by Congresswoman Slaughter and Senator Hirono strengthens the original intentions of Title IX,” said Cynthia Herriott Sullivan, vice president of public policy at the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women. “It is clear that in today’s environment for young women, addressing gender disparity has become even more critical, and we stand with them. The American Association of University Women of New York State understands that this bill provides the substantive resources needed to insure Title IX serves its original purpose—to promote gender equity in education.”
- 7 Ways the Trump Administration’s Interim Guidance on Title IX Hurts Survivors - DeVos’ guidance does nothing to “fix” the Obama administration’s guidance or address the complexities of anti-violence work. Instead, it hurts survivors in tangible ways. These are just seven ways that the Trump administration’s guidance hurts survivors and makes campuses less safe.
- Department of Education Rescinds Crucial Title IX Guidance - AAUW Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches issued the following statement responding to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement concerning interim Title IX policy at the Department of Education. "The Department of Education should have heeded the comments submitted this week–including more than 10,000 from AAUW advocates–urging them to protect Title IX. The department’s willingness to ignore the overwhelming grassroots to national support for Title IX, its regulations, and prior guidance is proof that the agenda was not to listen and take into account input from the community but rather to move forward with a predetermined plan of action. AAUW looks forward to weighing in as the Department of Education engages in its stated rule-making process. In the meantime we call on schools to continue to uphold students’ civil rights. AAUW stands with survivors and will vigorously defend Title IX and the protections it affords all students.”
- Trump administration rescinds Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault - The action followed through on a pledge Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made on Sept. 7 to replace what she called a “failed system” of civil rights enforcement on matters related to campus sexual assault. In her view, the government failed under President Barack Obama to find the right balance in protecting the rights of victims and the accused. Under Obama, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights had declared in 2011 that schools should use a standard known as “preponderance of the evidence” when judging sexual violence cases that arise under the antidiscrimination law known as Title IX.
- Obama Alums Launch Coalition to Challenge DeVos - A group of former Obama administration officials is launching a legal aid effort to assist students who are defrauded or suffer from discrimination. The organization, called the National Student Legal Defense Network, will work with state attorneys general and other advocacy groups to bring lawsuits on students' behalf. The network's co-founder Aaron Ament, a former chief of staff and special counsel at the Department of Education under Obama, told those outlets that the deregulatory agenda of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos means there is a need for more groups to step up to protect students.
- AAUW Resource: Find Your Title IX Coordinator on This Map - All K–12 schools that receive federal funds must designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with and carry out their responsibilities under Title IX. These Title IX coordinators ensure that every person affected by sex discrimination in schools — students, parents, and employees — are aware of their legal rights, including how to file a complaint. With AAUW’s new, interactive maps organized by state, you can now locate the Title IX coordinator nearest to you in just a few clicks. Zoom in and drag the map to your area to find your local Title IX coordinator.
- Clarkson University's Title IX Resource Page
- In the News: High School Sports Participation Reaches Record High... Again - Girls' participation in high school sports also reached a new all-time high in 2012-13, with an additional 15,190 female student-athletes from the year before. A total of 3,222,723 female student-athletes participated in high school sports during the 2012-13 school year, the NFHS found.
- Just to put these numbers in perspective, the number of girls playing today is still one-half million under the number of boys who played sports in 1972, the year Title IX was signed into law! There were 3.7 million boys participating in interscholastic athletics in 1972.
- New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
- New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
- Local Title IX Symposium with Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! and a panel of local experts.
Schools Must Include Students with Disabilities in School Sports - The Department of Education announced new guidance that says students with disabilities must be given the opportunity to participate in traditional school sports. The department says schools must make "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities who want to join traditional teams, or create a parallel athletic program for students with disabilities if the necessary adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give an advantage to the students with disabilities. Advocates have praised the decision and compared it to Title IX, which is largely credited with expanding athletic opportunities for women.
Five Tips for Title IX Coordinators - Do you work with Title IX issues, or are you interested in learning more about Title IX? Title IX, which was adopted in 1972, is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This includes not only athletics, but also harassment and bullying, access to career and technical education programs, and treatment of pregnant and parenting students. Higher Ed Jobs has released a list of best practices for Title IX coordinators, who are charged with ensuring that the law is followed at their schools.
AAUW strongly supports Title IX and opposes any efforts that would weaken its effectiveness or undermine its enforcement. AAUW has many resources to learn more about Title IX, including our Know the Score athletics evaluation and a major report on Title IX released by a AAUW-chaired coalition.
New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports - The Women's Sports Foundation has posted to their website Step-by-Step: A Practical Guide To Assess and Achieve Gender Equity in School Sports. Title IX's impact on women's athletic participation is one of the country's greatest success stories. It has changed the playing field dramatically for girls and women in sports. However, full equality of opportunity has not been achieved. The Women's Sports Foundation created this guide to help parents, students and coaches understand how to become advocates for change.
AAUW firmly believes that expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women must continue at both the high school and college levels. AAUW "advocates vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education." Learn more about AAUW's position on Title IX and equity in school athletics. Leave your comments about Title IX on AAUW Dialog, and watch for future Action Network alerts on legislation advocating for increased enforcement of Title IX's protections.
GoGirlGo Curriculum Available - Created by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2001 to prevent young girls from falling into a sedentary lifestyle, GoGirlGo! offers at-risk girls a fun, interactive program to keep them on the track to success and deter them from the high-risk behaviors that can accompany inactivity including obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, tobacco use, drug use, teenage pregnancy and depression. The GoGirlGo! curriculum is available at no cost through the Women’s Sports Foundation. For more information on GoGirlGo! and to order kits for a classroom or community organization supporting girls, log onto www.GoGirlGo.com or call 800-227-3988.
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