Title IX Information
Title IX Information
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North Country Matters Video: What is Title IX? with Carl Normandin (Jan. 29, 2014)
North Country Matters Video: Caitlin Hill & Valarie Dana from Renewal House on Sexual Assault Awareness with a focus on College Campuses (April 5, 2014)
AAUW’s Title IX Champions!
10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION: To Prevent Violence Against Women On College Campuses - download the AAUW-NYS Action Guide!
School Discipline Guidance and Title IX Webinar (April 4, 2014) - Click the link to play it.
Updated April 24, 2014
- In the News: At Northwestern, a Blitz to Beat a Union Effort - As soon as an N.L.R.B. official ruled that the university's scholarship football players had the right to unionize, Northwestern began a campaign to defeat the vote.
- In the News: Lawmakers Broadening Their Focus to Fight Against an Array of Sex Crimes - As the high-profile congressional fight over military sexual assault recedes, lawmakers are broadening their focus to an array of sex crimes like college campus assaults, preying on child and human trafficking.
- In the News: More Fede - U.S. Department of Justice officials will visit about a dozen colleges this week and next to speak with administrators, police, students and others "about how best practices and lessons learned are plying out in areas such as prevention, public awareness and peer support," the office announced Monday. The 11 colleges are recipients of the DOJ Office on Violence Against Women's grant program "to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus."
- In the News: Failure to Enforce Title IX? - Complaint charges that Education Department is looking the other way on report of mass violation of the rights of female college athletes.
- In the News: After Bullying Inquiry, a BU Women's Coach Quits - BU released a statement from Todd Klipp, senior vice president and senior counsel, in which he said that "a compelling case was made, based on interviews with the team as a whole, that the manner in which Coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees, including our coaches."
- In the News: Title IX Complaint Filed Against 60 Oregon School Districts - Three years ago, 60 Oregon school districts and nearly 100 high schools were named in a complaint submitted to the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights for allegedly providing more athletic opportunities to boys than girls, which would constitute a clear violation of Title IX. Similar complaints, updated with more recent data, have been filed once again. The gender-based participation gap has only widened over the past half-decade, however, as 63 percent of the school's athletes are boys and 37 percent are girls.
- In the News: Education Department Investigating Claims UC Berkeley Botched Sexual Assault Reports - The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will investigate claims the University of California-Berkeley, generally ranked as the nation's top public university, failed to investigate reports of sexual assault on its grounds, and, as a result, allowed serial offenders to stay on campus. The inquiry is in response to a Title IX complaint filed in February by 31 current and former students. The complaint alleges that there was little to no response on the part of the university when students reported rape, sexual assault and ongoing harassment on campus. In multiple cases, women say the university's actions allowed serial offenders to remain on campus to commit crimes again.
- In the News: Pennsylvania State System universities accused of violating Title IX by not letting enough women play - An advocacy group has filed a Title IX complaint against nine Pennsylvania State System universities, saying the schools have failed to provide athletic opportunities for female students. Collectively, State System universities Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg would need to add 900 roster spots for women to be compliant with Title IX.
- In the News: Senator Surveying Colleges on Sexual Assault - Sen. Claire McCaskill sent an online survey to more than 350 colleges to gather information about how institutions respond to sexual assault and comply with Title IX, as she and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand consider legislation to better combat the issue on college campuses. The questions cover "security and law enforcement, student resources, adjudication procedures, and barriers to reporting sexual misconduct." McCaskill also requested information from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on how the federal government oversees colleges when it comes to Title IX compliance.
- In the News: Dartmouth President Seeks End to 'Extreme' Behaviors - "Dartmouth's promise is being hijacked, hijacked by extreme and harmful behaviors, masked by their perpetrators as acceptable fun," Phil Hanlon, president of Dartmouth College said. "The list of offenses is familiar. From sexual assaults on campus … to dangerous drinking that has become more the rule than the exception … to a general disregard for human dignity as exemplified by hazing, events with racist and sexist undertones, disgusting and sometimes threatening insults hurled on the Internet … a social scene that is too often at odds with the practices of inclusion that students are right to expect on a college campus in 2014." He called for a task force -- including students -- to move to come up with strategies for changing campus culture.
- In the News: For Young Women, Sexual Violence Is The New Normal - Most young women assume that being harassed, assaulted, and abused is simply something that everyone experiences, according to the results from a forthcoming study that will be published in the next issue of the journal Gender & Society. The perception that gender-based violence is normal dissuades most victims from reporting those crimes.
- In the News: 5 Ways Faculty and Staff Can Fight Sexual Violence on Campus - College faculty and staff play an important role in preventing, addressing, and ending sexual violence on campus. Faculty and staff interact with students on a daily basis, can serve as confidants, and may witness important behavior changes. Here are five ways faculty and staff can take action today to end sexual violence.
- In the News: Society Is Starting to Wake Up to Rampant Street Harrassment of Women - A growing and vocal movement is fighting to empower the women who have to deal with public harrassment on a daily basis.
- In the News: Report: Missouri Erred on Title IX, Rape Allegation - The University of Missouri erred in its own policies and mishandled the case of Sasha Menu Courey, a Division I swimmer who said she'd been raped by one or more Missouri football players in 2010, and who later committed suicide, according to an investigative report by a group of independent lawyers. Missouri officials did not have the appropriate Title IX policies and procedures in place (in violation of federal law), and did not report relevant information to the Title IX coordinator who could have investigated the allegation, the report says.
- In the News: New Division III Athlete Grad Rates - Eighty-seven percent of Division III athletes who entered college in 2006 graduated within six years, according to Academic Success Rate data released Friday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The ASR is an NCAA formula similar to Division I's Graduation Success Rate -- it includes athletes who transfer into a college, but omits those who leave while academically eligible. Under the government's Federal Graduation Rate, which does not include that ASR caveat, the percentage of graduates drops to 68. Submitting ASR data is also optional, and only 139 institutions participated in 2012-13.
- In the News: Accusation in Montana of Treating Rape Lightly Stirs Unlikely Public F - MISSOULA, Mont. - For nearly three years, this college town in the hills of western Montana has lived under the shadow of stories of rapes gone unpunished and complaints that officials minimized or ignored reports of sexual assaults - especially if the suspects played for the University of Montana Grizzlies, the wildly popular football team.
- In the News: UConn Sorority Investigated for Hazing Men - A University of Connecticut sorority has been suspended while it is being investigated for hazing not of women, but of men. The newspaper reported that the Delta Zeta sorority was "accused of forcing men involved with a school fraternity to consume alcohol, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women's thong underwear and take shots of alcohol off each other's bodies, among other things."
- In the News: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand targeting sexual assaults on college, university campuses - "The price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted. And it is simply unacceptable that going to college should increase your chance of being sexually assaulted," Gillibrand said when calling for the federal government to spend $109 million to investigate and enforce laws against sexual assault on college and university campuses.
- In the News: Colgate University: Botto - Nearly everyone in the room at ACPA said the people on their campuses are "very concerned" about sexual assault issues. And with OCR's interest in the issue reaching fever pitch, the time is right to pitch administrators for programming funds, the presenters said.
- In the News: Union Says Northwestern Is Just The Beginning Of Organizing College At - The union working to organize student athletes at Northwestern is looking at state laws to see how athletes at public colleges might be able to unionize as well.
- In the News: Northwestern Formally Appeals Union Decision - Northwestern University filed a brief asking the full National Labor Relations Board in Washington to review a regional NLRB decision that football players are employees of the institution and should be allowed to unionize.
- In the News: Making Consent Cool - Students Advocate for Consensual Sex - Getting consent should be just one part of a frank conversation about what is and isn’t O.K. during sex.
- In the News: Student Was Forced to Perform Sexual Acts in Her Dorm, Harvard Turned a Blind Eye - How America's top universities fail rape survivors. The woman reported the assault, but Harvard's 20-year-old sexual assault policy is so outdated - less comprehensive than that of all the other Ivies, less inclusive even than the guidelines of the Justice Department - that the administration told her there was little they could do.
- In the News: On Consent: How Do You Say No to Sex Without Hurting Your Partner's Feelings? - Sex experts share secrets for softening the blow.
- In the News: Francis Marion U. hazing victim wins $1.6M - The former student, who was hospitalized after a fraternity hazing incident, won the suit against the man who hosted the beating in his home.
- In the News: Fraternity Association to Study Hazing, Other Issues - The North-American Interfraternity Conference will commission three panels to study and recommend solutions to the issues of alcohol abuse, hazing and sexual assault. The conference said Sunday that the panels will include "8-12 members from higher education, public policy, public health, research, law and other sectors." The panels are charged with suggesting policies, programs and standards "to help eradicate these detrimental behaviors" among fraternities.
- In the News: Occidental Settles Over Alleged Harassment by Trainer - Occidental College has settled a complaint by students who say they were sexually harassed by the longtime athletic trainer at the college. The agreement between Occidental and the students is confidential. But the complaint said that the trainer touched male students' groins inappropriately, and that they were not aware that the trainer has been required to attend sexual harassment training following an earlier complaint of inappropriate behavior.
- In the News: Colleges Increasing Spending on Sports Faster Than on Academics, Report Finds - From 2004 to 2011, community colleges' inflation-adjusted educational spending - on instruction, public service and academic support - declined, while their athletic spending increased 35 percent per athlete, the report said. Overall spending per student grew 2.6 percent.
- In the News: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand And Claire McCaskill Begin To Take On College Sexual Assault - The two recently battled over the way the military combats assault, but now they are teaming up to get Congress to commit more funding to fighting sexual assault on college campuses. "[T]he price of a college education should not include a 1 in 5 chance of being sexually assaulted," Gillibrand said.
- In the News: OCR Investigates Fla. State Handling of Assault Charge - The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has started an investigation into how Florida State University responded to allegations of a sexual assault by Jameis Winston, a star football player. Florida officials announced last year that no charges would be filed against Winston, but victim's rights advocates have questioned the way authorities and the university responded to the case.
- In the News: Football Union Lobbying - Northwestern union organizers keep up their momentum by spreading their message to lawmakers, some of whom have already criticized the NLRB ruling in favor of collective bargaining.
- In the News: Student slams Harvard for sex assault response - The writer said she met with several counselors and administrators, but they didn't investigate or move her assailant out of the residence hall that they shared. She continued to live in the same residence, and suffered from fear and depression. Her resident dean compared living in the same place as her assailant to a divorced couple working in the same factory. Since the letter was published, Harvard's Undergraduate Council has formed a Sexual Assault Policy Task Force to re-evaluate school policies.
- In the News: Consensus on Campus Safety Rules - A rule making panel reached unanimous agreement on a proposed update to Clery Act regulations. Under the plan, colleges would have to expand crime reporting and provide sex assault prevention programs. A 15-member committee representing victims' advocates, institutions, law enforcement, and other groups reached consensus on a draft of new campus safety rules that would implement the changes Congress made last year to the Clery Act as part of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The proposal adds domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the types of incidents that colleges must report and include in their annual crime statistics. It also includes national origin and gender identify as two new categories of hate crimes that must be reported.
- In the News: CA: Title IX compliance would be element of school performance - In a significant departure from how school performance has been judged in the past, legislation introduced late last week would add to the matrix an assessment of how well a school ensures that boys and girls have equal access to all programs and services.
- In the News: Court Revives Suit Against U. of Texas Health Center - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio must defend itself against charges that it failed to renew a nurse's contract because she had accused administrators there of sexual harassment, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
- Clarkson University's Title IX Resource Page
- In the News: High School Sports Participation Reaches Record High... Again - Girls' participation in high school sports also reached a new all-time high in 2012-13, with an additional 15,190 female student-athletes from the year before. A total of 3,222,723 female student-athletes participated in high school sports during the 2012-13 school year, the NFHS found.
- Just to put these numbers in perspective, the number of girls playing today is still one-half million under the number of boys who played sports in 1972, the year Title IX was signed into law! There were 3.7 million boys participating in interscholastic athletics in 1972.
- Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project Released
- New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
- New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
- Local Title IX Symposium with Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! and a panel of local experts.
Schools Must Include Students with Disabilities in School Sports - The Department of Education announced new guidance that says students with disabilities must be given the opportunity to participate in traditional school sports. The department says schools must make "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities who want to join traditional teams, or create a parallel athletic program for students with disabilities if the necessary adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give an advantage to the students with disabilities. Advocates have praised the decision and compared it to Title IX, which is largely credited with expanding athletic opportunities for women.
Five Tips for Title IX Coordinators - Do you work with Title IX issues, or are you interested in learning more about Title IX? Title IX, which was adopted in 1972, is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This includes not only athletics, but also harassment and bullying, access to career and technical education programs, and treatment of pregnant and parenting students. Higher Ed Jobs has released a list of best practices for Title IX coordinators, who are charged with ensuring that the law is followed at their schools.
AAUW strongly supports Title IX and opposes any efforts that would weaken its effectiveness or undermine its enforcement. AAUW has many resources to learn more about Title IX, including our Know the Score athletics evaluation and a major report on Title IX released by a AAUW-chaired coalition.
Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project -
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund collaborated with the nonprofit Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation to provide AAUW members with the tools you need to find out if your local high schools are Title IX compliant-and what you can do if they are not. The tools, including a Program in a Box, are available on a new page on the AAUW website.
New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports - The Women's Sports Foundation has posted to their website Step-by-Step: A Practical Guide To Assess and Achieve Gender Equity in School Sports. Title IX's impact on women's athletic participation is one of the country's greatest success stories. It has changed the playing field dramatically for girls and women in sports. However, full equality of opportunity has not been achieved. The Women's Sports Foundation created this guide to help parents, students and coaches understand how to become advocates for change.
AAUW firmly believes that expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women must continue at both the high school and college levels. AAUW "advocates vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education." Learn more about AAUW's position on Title IX and equity in school athletics. Leave your comments about Title IX on AAUW Dialog, and watch for future Action Network alerts on legislation advocating for increased enforcement of Title IX's protections.
GoGirlGo Curriculum Available - Created by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2001 to prevent young girls from falling into a sedentary lifestyle, GoGirlGo! offers at-risk girls a fun, interactive program to keep them on the track to success and deter them from the high-risk behaviors that can accompany inactivity including obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, tobacco use, drug use, teenage pregnancy and depression. The GoGirlGo! curriculum is available at no cost through the Women’s Sports Foundation. For more information on GoGirlGo! and to order kits for a classroom or community organization supporting girls, log onto www.GoGirlGo.com or call 800-227-3988.
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