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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)
Lady Gaga Releases Video on Campus Sex Assault - Lady Gaga has released a new song and video, "Til It Happens to You," on campus sexual assaults. The video depicts assaults and their impacts on the assaulted.
PowHer Plays: 2015 NYS Sexual Assault on Campus Legislation - In 2015 New York State passed a series of women's equality laws that will effect the lives of all NYS women. This video focuses on the Sexual Assault on Campus Legislation, S.5965 (LaValle)/A.8244 (Glick) and features Lauren Hersh form Sanctuary for Families and Monica Sobrin from Students United for Safer Schools New York.
North Country Matters Video: What is Title IX? with Carl Normandin (Jan. 29, 2014)
WPBS Public Eye with Jeff Cole: Title 9, Sexual Harassment in College - Sexual abuse on college campuses is not just a national problem but it affects colleges here in the North Country. In this special 1-hour episode of Public Eye, we examine this very controversial and sensitive topic through a panel discussion exploring the realities surrounding sexual assault on our local college campuses. This special edition of Public Eye was underwritten by AAUW-NYS and the Branches of District 7. (April 13, 2015)
North Country Matters: Sexual Assault Awareness - St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House guests Valarie Dana, Child Advocate/Educator, and Caitlin Hill, Legal Advocate, talk about sexual assault awareness. (March 31, 2015)
North Country Matters Video: Caitlin Hill & Valarie Dana from Renewal House on Sexual Assault Awareness with a focus on College Campuses (April 5, 2014)
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 October 17, 2017
- 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.
- Guidance Without Sufficient Input? - With Department of Ed set to unveil as soon as today new advice to colleges and universities on Title IX compliance, critics see Secretary Betsy DeVos poised to make shift on federal policy without appropriate public input -- a charge she leveled at the Obama administration. And the department has avoided using the word “guidance” to refer to the promised interim instructions, saying instead that it would "make clear to schools how to fulfill their current obligations under Title IX" after the 2011 guidance is rescinded. But advocates see more than a little hypocrisy in DeVos shifting federal policy without more robust public engagement. “The irony is very strong. And there is a lot of frustration,” said Laura Dunn, executive director and founder of SurvJustice.
- 80% of Fortune 500 Women CEOs Played Sports Growing Up - I am a firm believer that sports defined who I became in the business world. Sports challenge you mentally, physically and emotionally. The game creates an environment where you have no choice but to learn skills such as strong communication, leadership, strategic thinking, empathy, drive, motivation….you name it.
- Report: Majority of NY colleges comply with sex assault law - A majority of New York's colleges and universities are handling instances and allegations of sexual assault in accordance with the state's "Enough is Enough" law, according to the findings of a statewide compliance review released Tuesday. Out of 244 institutions reviewed, 120 rated significantly compliant, 95 rated compliant and 29 rated not compliant. Institutions not fully in compliance will be notified by the state Office of Campus Safety, and required to submit an action plan to achieve full compliance within 30 days. They will have 60 days to submit documents showing full compliance. Check Your college’s rating.
- The End of 'Freshman' - Yale University will discontinue the terms “freshman” and “upperclassman” in its official documents, joining a widespread trend among institutions. Yale publications and communications will instead refer to “first-year” and “upper-level” students, according to university representatives, with the intent to phase out the older terminology by the 2018-19 academic year.
- Feds: UAlbany athletics in violation of Title IX - A 12-page report of the investigation conducted by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights last month concurred, and found that the UAlbany athletic department had not provided equal participation opportunities to male and female athletes over the past three academic years, in violation of Title IX, a federal law passed in 1972 that prohibits discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funding.
- Our endless legal debate about campus rape misses the central problem - Here’s the actually central problem: Sexual assault is still happening on campus. A lot of it. Too much of it. And because it’s a unique a crime — often unwitnessed, tangled in confusion, freighted with social baggage — even the most perfectly calibrated legal solution can never fully solve it. Fixing the underlying problem will take changes of mind, not just changes of policy. Our current policy, much of it stemming from the feminist campus organizing that culminated in 2011’s “Dear Colleague” letter, is part of that change of mind. As the past 60 years of civil rights revolutions have shown, changing the law is often the first step toward changing attitudes, and then the culture at large.
- Like Teachers, Students With Babies Struggle to Pump Milk at School. Illinois is Trying to Help. - Under a bill signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last month, public schools will need to provide public school students who are lactating "reasonable accommodations" for expressing breast milk, including access to a private and secure room (that's not a bathroom), permission to bring a pump on campus, a power source and place to store milk, and time to use the facility.
- AAUW Responds to Department of Education Title IX Announcement - “Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to open up Title IX for changes represents a blatant intent to roll back protections for students. It is an action that is at direct odds with upholding the civil rights of all Americans. Make no mistake: Title IX remains the law of the land and this announcement does not alter in any way schools’ responsibilities."
- Connections: How colleges teach students about sexual assault awareness - Part of a presentation about sexual assault awareness at a local college has led to heated discussions about how the subject is taught. The presentation, which took place during a freshman orientation at RIT, included the Disney character, Roo, and the caption, "self-gratification can prevent sexual assault.” Critics say the graphic sends the wrong message. We’ll hear from a number of local colleges about how they educate students about the dangers of sexual assault.
- 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.
- Combating Campus Crime - It's been 25 years since the CLERY Act was passed, requiring colleges to report information about campus crimes.
- How is Governor Cuomo's "Enough is Enough" legislation working out?
- How are college campuses reporting crime information, like they're required to do?
- Will body cameras make campus police more transparent?
- How are community college campuses, not used to having students living on-campus, keeping students safe?
- How are students being trained to prevent crime?
- Connections: Combating Campus Crime
- State Action on Sex Assaults: Status of laws defining affirmative consent - New report documents legislation enacted and bills that have been rejected.
- 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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