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OCR Announces Resolution of Title IX Sex Discrimination Case in K-12 Athletics

This month, the Office for Civil Rights announced the resolution of a complaint that alleged “inequitable athletics access” for girls’ athletic teams at Salem-Keizer School District in Oregon. The complaint stated that the District discriminated against female students in its interscholastic athletics programs by providing unequal access to facilities, equipment, and coaching resources.  In its […]

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Takeaways from the Title IX NPRM Public Comments

In response to the release of the long-awaited Title IX NPRM this summer, the Department of Education received approximately 240,000 public comments by the September 12th, 2022 comment period submission deadline. The Department has now released for viewing nearly all of the comments received. To identify the public reaction to the NPRM, our team has […]

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When Your Empathy Tank is Empty…

Title IX professionals, we give our all…literally, our ALL, to be on, tuned in, attentive and compassionate. It’s an important part of our job. Well, actually, it IS our job. We strategically plan next steps for safety, comfort, and access. We are thinking three steps ahead while simultaneously remaining in the moment with a person […]

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Affirmative Action

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on affirmative action at Harvard University and University of North Carolina. Students for Fair Admissions (SFA) sued Harvard University in 2018, claiming that their admissions policies discriminated against Asian American applicants. In its suit against the University of North Carolina, SFA alleges the school […]

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OCR Releases New Resource on Title IX Pregnancy Discrimination

This week, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released an updated resource for schools and students entitled “Discrimination Based on Pregnancy and Related Conditions.” This resource reiterates the regulations on pregnancy discrimination and highlights that “related conditions” include false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom. The Department also reminds schools and employers […]

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West Virginia v. EPA- Will Supreme Court Decision Impact the New Title IX Regulations?

In West Virginia v. EPA, the Supreme Court limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan initiated by President Obama in 2015 and reduced the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. While this June 2022 decision had an immediate effect on the global effort to combat climate change, the Court’s reasoning may impact […]

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Fraternities Disaffiliating from University of Southern California

In response to numerous allegations of drugging and sexual assaults at fraternity houses, University of Southern California recently imposed strict guidelines for parties at fraternities. A team comprised of the campus’s Greek life leaders, faculty, staff, and administrators devised a plan to strengthen safety measures, including providing security for parties (including stairwells and hallways), screening […]

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