Supporting Schools in Managing Title IX Tracking

Supporting Schools in Managing Title IX Tracking

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:

  • Requires schools to offer clear, accessible options for any person to report sexual harassment.
  • Schools are required to respond when they have “actual knowledge” of a complaint of sexual harassment, which can include a report to any employee of an elementary or secondary school.
  • Schools must respond when harassment occurs “in the school’s education program or activity.”
  • The rule requires schools to provide “supportive measures” to students, with or without a formal complaint.

How Vector Solutions Can Help

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:

  1. Tip Submit – Receive student or staff tips explaining incidents of discrimination or other relevant Title IX matters so that school leaders can address the situation.
  2. Two-Way Messaging - Students and staff can comfortably engage in two-way messaging with school leadership, anonymously if desired, to receive instant support for Title IX concerns.
  3. Resource Distribution – Upload Title IX resources such as the law overview, reporting policies, school-specific resources and Title IX coordinators, and local counseling and medical care options.
  4. Reporting – Create a customized tip type in the LiveSafe app specifically for Title IX concerns, which can be tracked through the LiveSafe dashboard.

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.

Watch the Recorded Webinar

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