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ERIC Number: EJ1051846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-16
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Illegal Procedure? Title IX and Sexual Assault
Sullivan, Ariel
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2015
Many higher education institutions are scrutinized by their campus community and the media for the way that they respond, or fail to respond, to allegations of sexual assault. Tack on the fact that nearly 100 colleges and universities are currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for possible violations of Title IX (which requires schools to investigate allegations even in the absence of criminal charges), and the conclusion is clear: Colleges need to be better prepared to respond immediately and appropriately to complaints of student-on-student sexual violence in accordance with the law and their internal policies. OCR attempted to provide guidance to help colleges comply with their Title IX obligations through a 45-page guidance document entitled "Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence," published on April 29, 2014. However, the document does not provide answers to the seemingly endless conundrums that arise in sexual violence cases, nor is it entirely consistent with other recently promulgated federal regulations. Therefore this article offers five best practices to assist college officials in responding immediately and appropriately to reports of student-on-student sexual violence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Act Title IX
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