The Department of Education released the long awaited Title IX regulations focusing on sexual misconduct on May 6. The regulations were initially proposed in November, 2018. It is the first time that the Department has issued regulations dealing with sexual harassment or sexual assault. Previously, the Department has issued Dear Colleague letters setting forth guidance to covered entities.
The August 14, 2020 effective date gives institutions only three months to make necessary changes to their existing policies and procedures at a time when most are devoting huge amounts of time and resources to COVID-19. Most institutions will have to make significant changes to existing policies and procedures.