Stanford to Participate in Comment Process on Proposed Revisions to Title IX Case Rules

The US Department of Education has published proposed revisions to the rules that colleges and universities must follow in managing Title IX cases and will open a public comment period. The proposed rules would replace previous regulations issued by the Trump administration that went into effect in August 2020.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The law prohibits sexual harassment and sexual assault in educational institutions.

Some of the regulatory changes proposed by the Department of Education include expanding the definition of sexual harassment; clarify that Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; allow but not require cross-examination by parties in a Title IX case; and clarify provisions preventing retaliation against anyone providing information or participating in a Title IX process.

After proposed revisions to the regulations are published in the Federal Register, the public will have an opportunity to provide comments to the federal government during a 60-day comment period.

The university will analyze the proposed revisions and participate in the public consultation process. Any member of the Stanford community who wishes may use this form to provide feedback to the university to consider when evaluating proposed revisions. In addition, individuals will be able to share their comments directly with the federal government through the Regulations.gov website once the proposed revisions are posted there.

Stephen Chen, Title IX coordinator and director of the SHARE office, said nothing would change in Stanford’s Title IX proceedings during the comment period. The Department of Education is legally required to review all comments, and this process is expected to take several months. Once the public review period has ended and all comments have been considered, the Ministry of Education will decide whether or not to revise the proposed rules based on the comments. At that time, the Ministry of Education will publish the new regulations in their final form.

“We welcome the opportunity to provide feedback to the federal government on the proposed regulatory changes,” Chen said. “As always, we will continue our efforts to prevent sexual violence and sexual harassment in our community, and to respond to any such incidents by providing support to survivors, holding perpetrators accountable and conducting adjudication processes. fair. We will also continue to strengthen and expand our educational programs and publicize the university’s many support resources.

For more information about Stanford’s Title IX resources and policies, please visit the SHARE/Title IX Office website.