Last year, the U.S. Department of Education announced a new Title IX enforcement initiative, led by the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to fight the rise of sexual assault in K-12 public schools. The Education Department found that reports of sexual violence at K-12 schools increased by about 50% from the 2015-2016 school year to the 2017-2018 school year. Conversations around sexual assault have typically only revolved around college campuses, so K-12 administrators may find themselves feeling underprepared to handle allegations of sexual assault.
Title IX requires that schools and districts take appropriate steps to address sex discrimination. The requirements of Title IX apply to incidents of sexual misconduct, including incidents that involve both student-on-student misconduct and staff-on-student misconduct. Several of the key provisions for K-12 schools include:
In addition to expert-authored, online staff and student training on Title IX, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating violence, and more, our new Vector LiveSafe Tip Reporting & Safety Communications Platform can help school administrators and Title IX coordinators with receiving, tracking, and managing reports of sexual harassment and other Title IX concerns. Here are four ways Vector LiveSafe can help:
Contact us to learn more about our staff or student training or tip reporting and safety communications solutions.
Free Webinar Recording: New Rules on Title IX for K-12 Schools
We hosted a webinar with our Title IX Compliance Overview course author, Megan C. Farrell, to provide an overview of the most significant changes in these New Rules for K-12 schools.