Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule Goes Into Effect August 14
May 11, 2020

The Department of Education on Wednesday released its final Title IX campus sexual assault regulations, despite the higher education community’s request to hold off while campuses across the country remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rules go into effect Aug. 14.

ACE President Ted Mitchell sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos March 24 requesting a delay in issuing the final rule until the COVID-19 emergency has passed. Given the serious disruptions on campuses across the country, institutions simply do not have the capacity to implement these proposals at this time.

Mitchell said in a statement last week that “choosing this moment to impose the most complex and challenging regulations the agency has ever issued reflects appallingly poor judgment…We urgently implore the department to re-think this. If it does nothing else, the department should postpone the effective date to the summer of 2021 to enable sensible planning and adoption of campus processes and procedures.”

ACE and 60 higher education associations submitted comments on the proposed rule Jan. 30, 2019. The 2,000-plus page final rule rejects virtually all of these recommendations: It imposes a legalistic, prescriptive ’one-size-fits-all’ judicial-like process and assumes that institutions are a reasonable substitute for the criminal and civil legal system. The associations continue to believe that these final regulations will do more harm than good and will hinder the effort to address sexual assault on campus in a manner that is compassionate and fair to both parties.

For more information on the rule, see ACE’s Title IX resource page.

​Resources on the Department of Education's Final Title IX Regulation

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