2021 Title IX Hearing | Here’s What You Should Know

2021 Title IX Hearing | Here’s What You Should Know

On June 7-11th, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be hosting a virtual Title IX Hearing to gather information for the purpose of improving the enforcement of Title IX.  It will provide a time for the public to present commentary to OCR on how they can take steps to address the following:

  • Ensure that schools are providing students with educational environments free from discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence.
  • Ensure that schools have grievance procedures that provide for the fair, prompt, and equitable resolution of reports of sexual harassment and other sex discrimination, cognizant of the sensitive issues that are often involved.
  • Address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational environments.

The public hearing is part of Office of Civil Right’s review of the Title IX regulations, including the 2020 amendments to the regulations, and other agency actions related to discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, in educational environments, and including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational environments. 

Sourced from the Department of Education’s Official Notice. 

This comes after President Biden published the “Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free from Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” Executive Order in March, which emphasized that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Here's What You Should Know

It’s a Public, Virtual Event

  • The Title IX Hearing will be held virtually to gather information to improve enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).
  • The hearing will be held in an audio format and commenters and attendees will not be visible.
  • Sign up here: https://cvent.me/1w5YWo
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OCR Wants to Hear From You

  • Students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the public can submit written comments or request to offer a live comment.
  • Each individual is allowed one live comment for a maximum of three minutes but has to register in advance.
  • Commenters are encouraged to be as specific and detailed as possible regarding the policies they are commenting on and the recommendations they would like the OCR to consider. 
  • Students who would like to provide live comments are encouraged to register for day two (June 8, 2021) or day three (June 9, 2021) of the hearing. There is a large number of reserved slots for students on these two days. 
  • Written comments should be submitted via email to [email protected] 

The Public Can Suggest Title IX Improvements

  • Students, parents, faculty, administrators and other members of the public can suggest Title IX improvements.
  • During the hearings, the OCR officials will gather input from students, parents, faculty, and administrators on how they think Title IX should be modified and what actions are necessary in relation to anti-discrimination.

The Title IX Hearing Schedule

  • June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST
  • June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST
  • June 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., EST
  • June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., EST
  • June 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., EST
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Make sure to visit the official event page, which includes how to submit a written comment, how to register to offer a live comment (depending on time slot availability) and other information regarding the June hearing.

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