As most institutions await the 2018 Title IX policy changes from OCR based in part on the 2017 interim guidance, several steps can be taken now to prepare your institution for this change. There are several prudent steps that can be implemented now that will place your institution in a more favorable position to incorporate successfully these upcoming changes.
Policy Review – Does your current Title IX policy, training of staff and sexual-assault investigative techniques meet present guidelines? Does your institution’s website homepage state your Title IX Coordinator? With regard to the required Notice of Rights and Options, for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, etc. your Notice of Rights and Options should include the following information in order to be compliant with the Clery Act and Title IX. Does your Notice of Rights and Options inform victims that the institution will provide written notification to students and employees about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, visa and immigration assistance, and other services available for victims, both within the institution and in the community?
Assembling a team – has your home institution assembled a Title IX policy implementation team in anticipation of the expected 2018 Title IX policy changes? Many public institutions, for example, require Board of Trustees approval, public notice, and other procedural steps before changes to institutional policy can be achieved which may delay implementation.
Setting aside/securing funding for any additional Title IX training, etc., needed to effectively implement changes. This step is key. While the exact date of the upcoming Title IX policy changes is unknown, best practice indicates following these initial steps now will place your institution on more solid ground in order to achieve Title IX Compliance in accordance with the upcoming 2018 expected changes.
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