NEW TITLE IX FINAL RULES RELEASED

Last month ED published new Final Rules for addressing sexual harassment, assault, and other forms of sex discrimination on college campuses. Among other changes, the new rules bring due process to campus for investigating and adjudicating cases.
Colleges will have to comply with the new rules by August 14, 2020 and that means, it’s time to update your campus crime and security policies and procedures as they relate to Title IX sexual harassment. Additionally, it is important to note – the Final Rules taking effect in August require institutions to post contact information for their designated Title IX coordinator on their website and in a number of other school publications such as school catalogs, handbooks, and employee publications along with information about how to report sexual harassment and file a formal complaint. The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released the following guidance to assist schools in understanding their obligations and making policy and procedural changes.
U.S. Department of Education Releases Final Title IX Rule
Title IX: Fact Sheet: Final Title IX Regulations
Title IX: U.S. Department of Education Title IX Final Rule Overview
Title IX: Summary of Major Provisions of the Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule
Title IX: Summary of Major Provisions of the Department of Education’s Title IX Final Rule and Comparison to the NPRM
The New Title Ix Rule: Excluding Reliance On A Party’s “Statements” When The Sexual Harassment At Issue Consists Of Verbal Conduct
OCR Webinar: Title IX Regulations Addressing Sexual Harassment

UPDATE ON FEDERAL WORK STUDY COMMUNITY SERVICE WAIVERS RELATED TO COVID-19

Schools participating in the Federal Work Study Program are required to spend at least 7% of their federal FWs share to pay wages for students working in community service positions each award year. In meeting this requirement, at least one or more of the school’s FWS students must be employed as a reading tutor for children in a reading tutoring project or performing family literacy activities in a family literacy project. FSA announced that is waiving these requirements for the 2019-2020, and 2020-2021 award years, pending publication of notice in the federal register.

UPDATED HEERF GUIDANCE FROM ED FOLLOWING CONFERENCE CALL

In less than two hours, the U.S. Department of Education will give a breifing on COVID-19 and the CARES Act stimulus package according to a memo just blasted out by ED.


It reads:

” Good morning higher education stakeholders,
Please join senior officials from the U.S. Department of Education for a COVID-19 briefing. The briefing will provide an overview of the Department’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, focused on funding allocated to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The call will take place on Tuesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. EDT and you may join the call five minutes prior to the start time. To participate, please dial 1-877-692-8955 OR 234-720-6979 and then enter the following Access Code: 7130976#. This briefing is for higher education stakeholders only and is not open to the press.

Sincerely,
U.S. Department of Education”

UPDATE

Following the call, ED posted the following informationto their websites. Links are are posted below for your easy reference.

PRESS RELEASE: Secretary DeVos Delivers $6 Billion in Additional Grant Funding to Support Continued Education at America’s Colleges, Universities

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Frequently Asked Questions about the Institutional Portion of the HEERF under Section 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act

The Department continues to update ed.gov/coronavirus with information for students, parents, educators and local leaders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

 

PROTECTING STUDENTS’ CIVIL RIGHTS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students’ civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort.