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Creating Hope Through Action: Suicide Prevention and the Work of Title IX

*Reader Note: The following blog discusses the topic of suicide. World Suicide Prevention Day was established in 2003 by the International Association for Suicide Prevention in conjunction with the World Health Organization. The theme for 2021-2023 has been “Creating Hope through Action,” emphasizing that through our actions we can encourage hope and strengthen efforts at […]

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Department of Education Releases Updated Q&A on Achieving Diversity in Higher Education

On August 15, 2023, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice released a Question and Answer Resource on achieving student diversity at colleges and universities. Two months after the U.S. Supreme Court held that the University of North Carolina and Harvard University violated the 14th Amendment and Title VI by “impermissibly using race […]

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Title IX Red Zone Prevention: Start Earlier

We often talk about the “Red Zone” as it relates to Higher Education and sexual assault. It is a time when the students, first year students in particular, are most vulnerable to sexual assault. The time when they are finding their way, experiencing new things, and simply not comfortable in their new environment. The length […]

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Department of Education Recognizes Baylor University’s Religious Exemption to Title IX

The Department of Education recently exempted Baylor University from addressing sexual harassment claims involving LGBTQ+ students on account of Baylor’s asserted religious tenets. In 2021, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights received multiple complaints from Baylor students alleging the University had failed to address harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity by other students. […]

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Department of Education Announces Updated IDEA Guidance

The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently announced updated guidance documents to enhance the protections for children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA Part B, children with disabilities (aged 3-21) are required to receive a “free appropriate public education” or FAPE.  IDEA Part C requires […]

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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Now in Effect

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), the second pregnancy related federal law under President Biden’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, went into effect June 27, 2023. The first pregnancy related law, the PUMP Act became effective in April 2023 (check out our blog on the PUMP Act here). Here are our main takeaways on the PWFA: Scope […]

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