The Grievance Process From Formal Complaint to Resolution

Signed by President Nixon in 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX Needs to be More Than Just a Policy in a File

Harvard. Catholic University. UCONN. UMASS. Boston College. Dartmouth College. Princeton University. College of William and Mary. What do these renowned and prestigious colleges and universities have in common? Title IX sexual harassment or assault lawsuits, some of which have resulted in multi-million-dollar settlements for victims, while others involved bigger class-action lawsuits. 

Higher Ed Employee Relations and Title IX — It‘s Complicated

In a response to an inquiry by three U.S. Senators, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) admitted that the average duration of a Title IX investigation was 1469 days in FY2014 and 940 days for FY2015. In 2009, it was 379 days, and the OCR’s stated goal – 180 days. The primary driver, in addition […]

“Dear Colleague” — A Checklist for Title IX Coordinators

“The number of investigations under the gender equity law Title IX has now reached a record high, doubling from less than a year ago, …” reports a recent Huffington Post article about open cases at US colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, in the Dear Colleague Letter on Title IX Coordinators dated April 24 of this […]

Title IX and the Growing Wave of Litigation on American Campuses

For decades, Title IX was the primary driver of change in athletic programs for girls and women across the United States. Part of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions that receive federal funding. It underpinned a move to ensure women athletes would have […]