Note from Betsy – Take a Pause

If you are confused, overwhelmed, frustrated, annoyed, and/or ready to throw in the towel, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! We are currently living in one of the most challenging times in the history of this work. We have a 26-24 state divide (litigation to enjoin or overturn regulations vs. no litigation YET). We have judges who […]

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Title IX Litigation Update

There’s a lot happening on the Title IX front lately and we’re here to break it down into digestible information for you! First, we need to provide some background. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Education (“ED”) issued guidance stating that the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX included discrimination based on gender […]

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New Regulations Implementation is as Easy as 1-2-3

You have started to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the new Title IX regulations, and are looking ahead at the August 1st implementation deadline – now what? Learning about and considering an implementation is one thing; actually getting across the implementation finish line is another. ICS has streamlined the process into a 1-2-3 step […]

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Top Recommendations for Successful Clery Act Compliance

One night in 1986, several residence hall doors were propped open at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. While propping the doors was intended to allow residents easier access to their dorms, it also allowed Josoph Henry, a sophomore who lived off campus, to enter after a night of drinking. Henry entered an unlocked dorm, where freshman, […]

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Unlocking the 2024 Title IX Regulations

After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest iteration of the Title IX regulations on April 19, 2024. The deadline for implementation is August 1, 2024.With just under 15 weeks ahead to make the necessary changes to policies and practice, ICS has distilled the 1,561-page document to eight key themes. The Devil […]

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The New Regs are Here… Now What?

On April 19, the Department of Education released the new 2024 Title IX regulations. August 1 is the implementation deadline for institutions. The 2024 regulations amend the 2020 regulations, and will require an overhaul of your Title IX policies, procedures, infrastructure, and approach starting in the fall. We have waited over two years for these […]

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Top Takeaways from ICS’ OIRA Meeting on the New Title IX Regulations

As part of the process for finalizing new or revised regulations, proposed regulatory changes undergo a review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”); interested stakeholders can request meetings with OIRA during this review period. Currently, OIRA has stakeholder meetings scheduled through April 18, 2024 for the new Title IX sexual harassment regulations. […]

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U.S. Department of Education Increases Fine for Clery Act Violations

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) requires postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial assistance programs to annually disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (“the Department”) enforces the Clery Act through program reviews, which […]

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The Benefits of Community Partnership

Recently, I recorded 2024’s first The Law & Education episode with ICS Specialist Brittany Gates. Our conversation centered around the benefits of becoming an ICS Community Partner through the lens of a Title IX Coordinator. Brittany’s responses reminded me of the importance of Community for Title IX Professionals. This space is ever-changing, marked with uncertainty, and, […]

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