Campus Safety, Sexual Misconduct, and Title IX

The Issue

College and universities are committed to maintaining campus environments that are safe, supportive, and responsive so all students can benefit from the widest possible array of educational opportunities. Campuses take complying with these, and all applicable laws, very seriously. In addition to fulfilling their legal obligations in this area, colleges and universities want to do the right thing. Two federal laws—the Clery Act and Title IX–require colleges and universities to address sexual assault on their campuses (Clery via statute and regulations and Title IX via regulations and guidance). Although different in scope, these laws also contain important requirements for campus disciplinary processes used to address sexual assault, including that these processes must be fair.

Our Work
Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Rule Amending Title IX Regulations
Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Rule Amending Title IX Regulations
The associations believe while there are some elements in the proposed regulations that would be helpful, on balance, the draft rule would do more harm than good. The comments note provisions that would help institutions address sexual harassment, prov...
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Council’s Comments on the Proposed Title IX Regulations
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the Council’s Comments on the Proposed Title IX Regulations
Comments by ACE on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations are signed onto by 60 other higher education associations, representing a broad cross-section of the American higher education community.
ACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Proposed Title IX Rules, Caution That Colleges Are Not Courts
ACE, Higher Education Groups Comment on Proposed Title IX Rules, Caution That Colleges Are Not Courts
The proposed rules, published in the Federal Register in November, would replace the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rescinded in 2017.
Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Addressing Campus Sexual Assault
Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Addressing Campus Sexual Assault
Anne Meehan, director of Government Relations at ACE, delivered testimony April 2 to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee at a hearing on “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Addressing Campus Sexual Assault and Ensuring Stude...
Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Campus Sexual Assault
Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Campus Sexual Assault
The Senate HELP Committee heard testimony on addressing sexual assault at colleges and universities, as the Trump administration continues working on its own effort to amend related regulations. ACE's Anne Meehan testified.
Department of Education Releases Draft Rule on Title IX Sexual Assault
Department of Education Releases Draft Rule on Title IX Sexual Assault
The Department of Education released a new proposed rule on Title IX sexual assault Friday, with publication in the Federal Register—which kicks off the formal 60-day comment period—yet to be announced.
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Seven higher education associations, including ACE, have submitted comments on proposed reporting requirements on sexual assault and harassment for NSF grantees.
Department of Education Withdraws 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Highlights for Campus Leaders
Department of Education Withdraws 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Highlights for Campus Leaders
This issue brief summarizes the Department of Education’s interim guidance on Title IX campus sexual assault issued while it prepared to launch a formal rulemaking process to develop a new policy.