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29 Senators Sign Letter Urging DeVos To Maintain Title IX Guidelines
September 15, 2017
Twenty-nine U.S. senators sent an open letter to Betsy DeVos on Thursday to urge the education secretary to maintain current Title IX guidelines on gender equality in education.

A Deputy Of Betsy DeVos Is Said To Be Considering A Process That Could Overhaul Campus Rape Rules
August 29, 2017
A top deputy under Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has indicated she wants to put a key Obama-era directive on campus rape policies through a process that could change federal Title IX rules, sources have told BuzzFeed News.

New bill aims to protect privacy and safety of domestic violence survivors
August 13, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law Aug. 7 that aims to protect the privacy and safety of domestic violence survivors. Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson authored Senate Bill 331, which allows campus-based domestic violence counselors to keep their communications with survivors of domestic violence confidential. The University of California helped sponsor the legislation.

‘Zero-Tolerance Mind-set’
August 11, 2017
The University of Washington, for the first time ever, has fired a faculty member over findings of sexual harassment. The termination surprised some not only for the what, but also for the who: Michael Katze, a professor of microbiology. Well funded and a major player in infectious disease research, Katze appeared to some as exactly the kind of professor who might have been protected by his (or any) institution in the past.

Board adopts sexual violence policy
August 10, 2017
Coaches, college athletes and athletics administrators are required to complete education each year in sexual violence prevention, according to a policy adopted by the NCAA Board of Governors.

Missing Voices on Sexual Assault Response
July 20, 2017
Federal officials won’t grasp the complexity of the debate over campus sexual violence without hearing from those who understand it best: student affairs professionals, Lee Burdette Williams argues.

Secretary DeVos to Host Title IX Listening Sessions
July 12, 2017
WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced she will convene a diverse group of stakeholders at the Department of Education Thursday, July 13 to discuss the impact of the Department’s Title IX sexual assault guidance on students, families and institutions.

In the Time of Trump, Colleges Start to ‘Make Title IX Our Own’
June 25, 2017
The day after Donald J. Trump won the 2016 presidential election, Crystal C. Coombes heard a version of the same question several times: "Do you still have a job?" Ms. Coombes is the senior deputy Title IX coordinator at the University of South Florida. She helps oversee how the institution responds to — and attempts to prevent — sexual assault as part of its compliance with the federal law on gender equity in education.

Title IX turns 45 today. Its impact goes beyond women playing sports.
June 23, 2017
As Title IX celebrates its 45th anniversary, one impact of the law is clear: Millions more girls now grow up playing sports, a reality that seemed impossible in the early 20th century. But the law encompasses much more than providing equal athletic opportunities for girls and women. Title IX touches every aspect of the educational system in ways that are not always apparent to the law’s target population: students.

Nonprofit sues Education Dept. for release of information on campus sex-assault investigations
June 12, 2017
The National Women’s Law Center filed suit Monday against the Education Department in an effort to force the release of information about federal enforcement of Title IX, a law that governs how schools handle campus sexual harassment and assault.