Could 19, 2020
Final week, the federal Division of Training led by Secretary Betsy DeVos launched its closing Title IX rule governing faculties’ responses to sexual harassment and assault that can roll again essential civil rights protections for survivors. The California Coalition In opposition to Sexual Assault is disenchanted and anxious by the Division’s option to abandon survivors, and is particularly alarmed by the choice to mandate compliance with these harmful new guidelines throughout an ongoing public well being disaster.
These new laws come regardless of greater than 100,000 feedback submitted from specialists in sexual violence prevention and response expressing grave considerations in regards to the proposed guidelines, together with from CALCASA in January 2019, the place we acknowledged, “the Division’s proposed guidelines import inappropriate authorized requirements into company enforcement, depend on sexist stereotypes about survivors of sexual harassment and assault, and impose procedural necessities that pressure faculties to tilt their Title IX investigation processes in favor of named harassers to the detriment of survivors.” It’s at least unacceptable that the ultimate guidelines observe the identical objectionable commonplace, notably in regards to the narrowed definition of sexual harassment that can severely restrict the circumstances for which faculties could be held accountable.
Title IX will not be solely established federal legislation, it is likely one of the most vital cornerstones of our efforts to make sure fairness in schooling, and defend each pupil’s equal proper to get an schooling free from discrimination, harassment, and abuse. Whereas the federal authorities shirks its duty to implement civil rights protections for survivors, it’s essential that faculties, directors, and state governments proceed their work to determine methods of prevention, response, and adjudication that can prioritize security and equal entry to schooling for all college students. The stakes are too excessive for us to go backwards, and CALCASA will proceed working with our fellow advocates across the nation to carry our educational establishments to the very best requirements of integrity and accountability, and ensure no survivor is left behind.
The total textual content could be discovered here and a abstract of the rule could be discovered here. Please be happy to succeed in out to our Senior Coverage Affiliate, John L. Finley ([email protected]) with any questions.