Education Department, two universities, prepare guidelines for how colleges should deal with sexual assault allegations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — A new model for how college campuses should deal with sexual assault allegations has been forged by the U.S. Department of Education and two schools. The issue was spotlighted in the Center’s Sexual Assault on Campus series earlier this year.

The “voluntary resolution agreements,” involving Notre Dame College in Ohio and Eastern Michigan University, are a result of a two-year review by the Education department’s Office for Civil Rights. The goal was to ensure that the schools’ policies comply with Title IX, the federal law that, in part, requires schools to respond to claims of sexual assault on campuses.

The settlements’ provisions were strengthened in the face of the Center’s year-long investigation, which also revealed among its findings that students “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults rarely face punishment by schools; that institutional barriers are responsible for a lack of transparency and accountability in campus disciplinary proceedings; and that the Department of Education’s civil rights office rarely issues sanctions against colleges.

Preceding provided by the U.S. Department of Education


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