Title IX Policy open for review and comment

Contact: Jamie Hart

Community members are invited to share their thoughts on the Title IX policy before Feb. 28.

Title IX policy and procedures

On May 6, 2020 the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued new regulations clarifying its expectations regarding how all colleges and universities respond to, investigate and adjudicate reports of sexual harassment and misconduct. These regulations became effective on August 14, 2020, and effect how Willamette University implements its obligations under Title IX, the federal statute which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.

As part of our in-depth review of our University’s policies and process in response to these regulations, as well as applicable state laws, we have revised our sexual misconduct policy and procedures to be compliant with our state and federal obligations. Our revisions are also made in light of evolving best practices and with input from stakeholders from faculty, staff and students. As part of our commitment to transparency and engaging our community, this revised policy is being posted for review until February 28, 2021. We encourage those with interest to review the policy. Provide feedback via the Policies Open for Review and Comment portal page. While the Policy Committee will consider all feedback, please note that many provisions of the Policy are required by the recent federal regulations.

In addition, and to increase the visibility of the work that has been and continues to be done in our community related to issues of sex and gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence, we have designed a new Title IX web page which highlights many of the important subjects covered by Title IX and how to quickly find information, support and resources. At Willamette, we remain committed to fostering a safe and inclusive campus, and this means continually revisiting our practices.

As part of the 2020 regulations requirements, our training materials are also publicly available on this new website.

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