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United States District Court Enjoins Enforcement of Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students; Decision May Impact OCR Guidance on Sexual Violence

Posted in Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, Title IX
On August 21, 2016, in a case entitled State of Texas et al. v. United States of America et al ., Judge Reed O’Connor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction prohibiting the United States government (specifically, the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of… Continue Reading

Enough is Enough Becomes Law

Posted in Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence, Student Affairs, Title IX
As expected, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the “Enough is Enough” legislation into law on July 7, 2015.  As a result, the majority of the legislation’s provisions imposing obligations on colleges and universities will become effective 90 days from that date, on October 5, 2015.  Of course, institutions can, and likely will want to,… Continue Reading

A Review of New York’s Proposed Sexual Violence Legislation – Part 3: Notice of Victim’s Rights

Posted in Campus Safety, Clery Act, Sexual Assault, Title IX
New York’s proposed legislation contains extensive provisions dealing with victims’ rights. Specifically, Section 6442 of the legislation requires adoption of a Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights that provides for the right to: 1. Make a report to local law enforcement and/or State Police 2. Have disclosures of sexual violence treated seriously 3. Make a… Continue Reading

MIT 2014 Community Attitudes on Sexual Assault

Posted in Higher Education, Sexual Assault, Student Affairs
In the Spring of 2014, MIT launched a survey of all of its undergraduate and graduate students (just under 11,000), related to issues of student sexual assault.  More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students responded, or about 35% of the institution’s total student population.  (This 35% consisted of 46% of surveyed undergraduate females, 35% of… Continue Reading

Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Posted in Discrimination, Sexual Assault, Students, Title IX
Today the White House issued the “first” report from its task force on sexual assault.  The Report provides a number of recommendations for colleges and universities and is a “must read” for any administrator charged with any aspect of Title IX compliance. Among the items addressed in the Report are the following: Campus Climate Surveys. … Continue Reading