Know your Title IX (reposted)

Interesting information in the comments makes this material worth reposting:

Here’s a resource that looks useful for understanding Title IX issues.  It’s geared primarily to students who may have needs and need assistance, but don’t know where to turn or what to do.

12 thoughts on “Know your Title IX (reposted)

  1. Jackie: To be clear, the Clery Act governs what statistics universities must collect and make public. It does not govern what falls under Title IX.

  2. Yes, I realize that. But it does afford some protection regarding what gets made public; based on my experience it does allow post secondary institutions to cover up some of the climate issues.

  3. Hi Jackie,

    Sorry I’m being dense I think; I still don’t quite get it. I completely agree that the Clery Act is problematic (in that its provisions allow institutions to hide things) but I don’t quite understand how it affords protection to predators themselves (unless you mean that in the institutional sense rather than the individual sense). I skimmed the full article but I didn’t see anything. Can you say a bit more?

  4. The institutional sense … which may trickle down to the individual sense.
    The article is well worth reading.

  5. Jackie, the article you link to (thanks!) is one of many voices in the chorus of concerns (and cases) that led to the April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter of clarification from the DOE ( — with a subsequent new round of training (offered mostly by private entities who provide workshops and so forth for the administrative staff trained to deal with complaints).

    The April 2011 DCL was the second of three Dear Colleague Letters released to clarify TIX in connection with sexual harassment and misconduct; the third, released in April 2013 (, is much shorter and focuses on retaliation — but is less known than the April 2011 letter, in part because it has been eclipsed by Campus SaVE Act, which was passed in March 2013 (as part of the Senate version of the reauthorization of VAWA, the Violence Against Women Act) and will take effect March 7, 2014.

    The Campus SaVE law requires, among other things, that colleges include reports of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in their annual crime statistics. Schools also will have to provide awareness programs for all members of the campus community, including faculty (with content that includes information on the obligation to report), and must offer students or employees who are victims of abuse a change in housing or work environment.

    The first Clery reports including this data are due on October 1, 2014. Between this, the Presidential Task Force (which is scheduled to report back to the President on April 22, 2014), and the recent letter from 39 members of the House of Representatives to the Office of Civil Rights asking for greater transparency and the creation of a centralized database with statistics, we’re certainly going to see some movement on these issues in the upcoming months.

    The problem that you mention with universities claiming no jurisdiction over off-campus activity, though, remains — as of right now. Some universities abuse this loophole in claiming that, because fraternities are “off campus” (on property not owned by the university), they cannot sanction a student who rapes another student at, e.g., a frat party.

    Most of the activity is happening in D.C. at the moment — I’ll put up a post as soon as I have a moment later this week explaining what we can do to help influence the deliberations there.

  6. Heidi
    thanks for all that — very interesting developments. Prof. Manners, can this post move to the front given the helpful links and Jender’s recent post on IX?

  7. Alas, my meager blogging skills do not extend to knowing how to move things up and I’m worried I’ll inadvertently lose the comments if I try. FPers, anyone know how to do what Heidi requests?

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