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Note: On April 29, 2014, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a set of frequently asked questions intended to give educational institutions further guidance on responding to, and addressing and preventing sexual violence. Members should consult the April 29 document, for the most recent information on meeting their obligations under Title IX and OCR’s April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education is enforcing compliance with its 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL) on preventing and responding to campus sexual harassment and sexual assault. Failure to comply could result in financial losses and reputational damage. This comprehensive set of resources helps colleges and universities focus attention on the most important aspects of compliance.

Title IX advisories include:

  • 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: FAQs 
  • OCR Requirements for Title IX Coordinators 
  • Revising Nondiscrimination Policies and Grievance Procedures 
  • Responding to Complaints and Conducting Investigations 
  • Standards and Procedures for Disciplinary Hearings 
  • Required Training and Prevention Measures

Some of the key requirements of the DCL that are addressed in UE’s advisories and checklists include:

  • Designate a Title IX coordinator to investigate or oversee the investigation of reports of sexual assault or harassment.
  • Implement training for students, faculty, and staff—including campus law enforcement personnel—to identify and respond to sexual assault and harassment.
  • Conduct investigations that are fair to all involved parties.

Read UE’s Title IX advisories to learn more about compliance with these federal mandates.

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