2018 Proposed Changes to Title IX
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released her proposed guidance for Title IX early on November 16. On November 28th, the proposed changes were published in the Federal register-a daily publication of the US federal government that issues proposed and final administrative regulations of federal agencies - and the Department of Education initiated a 60-day public notice and comment period during which we have the opportunity to raise our voices and provide our opinion on the proposed changes. The notice and comment period will officially close on January 28, 2019.
The Department of Education issues regulations, requirements with which schools must comply. Much like laws, these regulations are legally binding. The Department of Education solicits public input on proposed regulations through “notice and comment”, and it’s required to respond to this input when it issues final regulations. A court can strike down a regulation if the Department cannot properly explain its reasoning, or if the regulation itself is inconsistent with Title IX.
Because courts can strike down regulations that are insufficiently responsive to public input, writing a detailed comment is an important way for students and advocates to influence the Department of Education’s decision-making.
Check out the links below to learn more about the proposed changes, the notice and comment process, how to write an effective comment, and to file your comment with the Department of Education!
Notice & Comment 101
Check out this video created by Know Your IX to learn more about the notice and comment period and how to write an effective comment!
Title IX Proposed Guidelines
Click the link below to read the full text of the proposed changes to Title IX.
Data Guide for Comments
Click the link below to navigate to a data guide provided by the Action Network to help you in writing your comment for the Department of Education.
Quick guide to the proposed changes
Click the link below to navigate to a quick guide to the proposed changes for Title IX provided by Know Your IX.