Students press Biden Administration to finalize new Title IX rules

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Inside Higher Ed

When he ran for president in 2020, Joe Biden pledged to take bold action to strengthen Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal gender-equity law that prohibits sex discrimination at federally funded colleges and universities and provides guidance for their handling of student reports of sexual misconduct. Biden said he would “immediately” overturn changes to Title IX made by the Trump administration, which narrowed the definition of sexual harassment and added new measures to ensure the due process rights of students accused of misconduct, among other changes. Biden also said his administration would reinstate 2011 guidance that instructed institutions to investigate and adjudicate all student reports of sexual misconduct. But more than two and a half years after Biden took office, advocates for survivors of sexual violence and other students are waiting for the president to keep his promises.

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