On August 14, 2020, the new Title IX regulations, enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”), will go into effect. As discussed in our May 13, 2020 advisory on this topic, available here, the regulations have many new requirements for sexual harassment policies and procedures that need to be in effect by August 14, 2020.
There is currently litigation pending to stay the implementation of these new regulations; however, it is unlikely that such litigation will be resolved prior to the date the new regulations are due to take effect. Additionally, several organizations and school districts have asked the DOE to delay the implementation of these new regulations. However, as of today, these requests have not resulted in a change to the August 14th effective date.
Therefore, absent a delay in the implementation date for these new regulations, which at this time seems unlikely, school committees will need to update their sexual harassment policies and procedures to bring them into compliance with these new regulations by August 14th. In addition, the new regulations require training on the revised policies and procedures for all administrators serving as Title IX coordinators, investigators, and decision makers Our office is available to review and update policies as well as to provide the required training for administrators.
This update is provided for informational purposes only and does not include all of the changes in the new regulations. This update should not be considered legal advice.