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
Executive Action Priorities for Higher Education Under the Biden Administration
Executive Action Priorities for Higher Education Under the Biden Administration
Letter to the Biden-Harris transition team on the Trump administration's executive actions of concern to students, educators, and institutions that could be reversed by the Biden administration.
Rescission of 2016 Clery Handbook: What Does It Mean for Colleges and Universities?
Rescission of 2016 Clery Handbook: What Does It Mean for Colleges and Universities?
The Department of Education is rescinding the 2016 Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting and publishing a new Clery-related Appendix in the FSA Handbook. This Issue Brief explains the changes and answers key questions.
Amicus Brief to Delay Effective Date of Title IX Regulations
Amicus Brief to Delay Effective Date of Title IX Regulations
Brief submitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the motion to delay the Aug. 14, 2020, effective date of the Department of Education's new regulations on Title IX filed by the Victim Rights Law Center.
Amicus Brief and Motion to Delay Effective Date of Title IX Regulations
Amicus Brief and Motion to Delay Effective Date of Title IX Regulations
Brief submitted to the District Court for the District of Columbia in support of the motion to delay the Aug. 14, 2020, effective date of the Department of Education's new regulations on Title IX filed by 18 state attorneys general.
Request for Delay in Implementing the Final Title IX Rule
Request for Delay in Implementing the Final Title IX Rule
Letter from 15 higher education association presidents to Education Secretary Betsy Devos requesting a delay in implementing the final Title IX rule, which is scheduled to go into effect Aug. 14.
Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule Goes Into Effect August 14
Education Department’s Final Title IX Rule Goes Into Effect August 14
The Department of Education released its final Title IX campus sexual assault regulations, despite the higher education community’s request to hold off while campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letter Requesting a Delay on Title IX and Section 117 Rules
Letter Requesting a Delay on Title IX and Section 117 Rules
Letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting the department delay further action on the final Title IX rule and Section 117 foreign gifts and contracts information collection request until after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Title IX Rule
Comments to the Department of Education on Proposed Title IX Rule
Comments from ACE and 60 other higher education associations on the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations published in the Federal Register in November 2018.
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.

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

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