On March 24, 2020, the American Council on Education, along with 32 other organizations, requested that Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education delay the release of the proposed Title IX regulations amid the ongoing Covid-19 national emergency. To read the request in full, click here.
The statement reads, in pertinent part:
“The issue here is not the merits of these particular regulatory proposals. Rather, the issue is that given the serious disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, institutions simply do not have the capacity to implement these proposals at this time. As you are aware, campuses are shut down and institutions are racing to move coursework online. Simultaneously, campuses are implementing emergency plans to provide support for critical campus operations such as university hospitals, IT infrastructure, and research labs. They are also working to provide additional supports for students, including for those who may need to remain on campus.
Implementation of the Title IX regulations is expected to be enormously complex and burdensome for campuses, and will require a coordinated effort across multiple campus departments and constituencies to identify, review, and change existing policies and procedures in a considered and sensible manner.”