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•Title IX is federal antidiscrimination law passed in 1972. Title IX guarantees equal access to education, regardless of sex, at schools that receive federal funding. Notwithstanding future legal challenge, these details are among the 2020 revised Title IX guidelines:


•Campuses are required to allow cross-examination of the complaining and responding parties during a live hearing led by institution officials.

•Colleges and universities are only obligated to respond to reports of off-campus sexual violence if the location is used by an officially recognized student or institution organization (e.g., athlete housing, fraternities, or sororities).

•Colleges and universities will be able to determine whether to use a “preponderance of the evidence” or “clear and convincing” standard as a burden of proof. Campus procedures must apply the same standard of evidence for all Title IX complaints.

•The claim that 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted is widely repeated. While affirming that 1 assault is too many, some scholars argue that the sexual assault rate is actually higher. Others debate whether the 1 in 5 figure overestimates the true rate of rape or assault. For further consideration about this debate see: 

In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released new regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX.  Using online research tools and your campus website, find the details of these revised federal regulations and your campus’s specific Title IX guidelines. Pay special attention to guidelines regarding required time frames for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, policies regarding study abroad, and requirements to investigate when multiple reports are made against the same person.


If a student wants to report a Title IX violation, who do they contact and what is the procedure in place on your campus? Using multimedia, pen and ink, or any crafting resources of your choice, diagram the Title IX process and points of contact on your campus from start to finish.

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