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    November 2016

    New Title IX Resources Support K-12 Schools

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    The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released new policy and training resources for K-12 school districts, continuing its efforts to end bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual violence in schools. UE recommends that schools consider using these free comprehensive resources to fulfill their Title IX compliance obligations. Independent school administrators should also incorporate this guidance into policies and training sessions. 

    The new resources include:

    • Considerations for School District Sexual Misconduct Policies , a guide for helping school districts create a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy. It poses a series of questions meant to facilitate conversations between a multidisciplinary team of school officials during the creation of a sexual misconduct policy. It also suggests ways to implement a policy once it has been adopted
    • Safe Place to Learn , a suite of training materials to assist school administrators in addressing peer-to-peer harassment and compliance with Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination. It features:
      • Guidance to help administrators make the school climate respectful of all students.
      • Online training modules for school administrators, faculty, and staff that comply with the training requirements in recent Title IX guidance. Topics include sections on understanding sexual harassment, general school climate, and strategies to prevent, intercede, and respond to sexual harassment.
      • A training module on “trauma sensitive” learning environments to assist teachers in understanding students who may have experienced trauma. The resulting learning environment encourages “a sense of physical and emotional safety for everyone” and reduces bullying and sexual and other harassment. The materials are appropriate for all district employees.
      • Links to resources that help educators recognize and address implicit bias. Unconscious judgment can affect an educator’s interactions with students and the learning environment. Schools should take steps to reduce bias, including working with outside experts and the district’s Title IX coordinator on training to address bias. 

    The materials also provide a helpful checklist of action steps to help school administrators work to eliminate bullying and harassment from schools. The checklist links directly to outside resources, including materials from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and other government and nonprofit organizations. Following these action steps and reviewing and adopting practices listed in the linked resources will enhance schools’ efforts to end peer-to-peer harassment and create a positive learning culture for all students. 


    Resources

    Title IX and Sexual Harassment in Public Schools: Key Steps to Compliance
    EduRisk Title IX and Campus SaVE Act Resources

    By Heather Salko, senior risk management counsel 

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