In case you missed it, Title IX is undergoing some serious changes. If implemented, these sweeping changes stand to change the landscape of schools across the nation.
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If you are interested in participating in the Department of Education’s public comment process, read on for guidelines and tips. We encourage you to participate to alert the Department as to the reality of public opinion on these important topics affecting our children, students, neighbors, and friends. The time to weigh in is now!
What you need to know:
Who? Anyone, an individual or institution, can submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education – even anonymously. You don’t have to have a certain background or experience in order to comment.
What? The Department of Education in Washington, D.C. recently released its proposed new rules regarding Title IX, a federal law from 1972 designed to prevent and remedy sex-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds.
Some anticipated but nevertheless dramatic proposed changes include broadening the traditional understanding of the term “sex” (designating male or female) to include “discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”
These sweeping changes will open the floodgates to challenging issues in school sports, restrooms, private changing areas such as locker rooms, overnight trip accommodations, use of preferred pronouns, and more. If implemented, students will be able to file a hostile environment complaint to initiate invasive investigations into “sexual misconduct” under the newly expanded sexual discrimination or sexual harassment definitions.
Where? You can access the Department’s portal here to easily submit your comments online. Include the following docket ID number at the top of your comment:
ED-2021-OCR-0166 – Public Comment
When? Comments must be received on or before September 12, 2022.
Why? The Department is required by law to respond to each comment, and it does so by “bundling” topics into categories. Well-reasoned comments will push the Department to defend its proposal and may even cause the Department to reevaluate some of its positions.