It’s Back to School Season! Whether you’re already open for students or opening soon, it’s easy in the hustle and bustle of a new school year to let things fall through the cracks, but don’t forget about your Title IX responsibilities and training requirements. Failure to do so can lead to federal lawsuits like the recent one against Principal Don Stensrud at Fairfield High School in Boulder, Colorado. Fairfield was like many other schools that didn't have all of the Title IX guidelines in place and as a result, left itself open for litigation. Save yourself and your school unnecessary legal hassle and protect your students from sexual abuse by ensuring that your school is Title IX compliant before complaints occur. Make sure you’re clear on the 2020 Title IX regulations (the “Regulations”) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”). The OCR recently released the guidance in a question and answer format and clarifies and explains how OCR intends the Regulations to be implemented and enforced. It addresses 67 questions that cover a variety of topics ranging from definitions of sexual harassment to how a hearing process should be conducted. OCR also provides sample policies that address many areas of the Regulations. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please let us know! We’re happy to help. You can also read our recent blog post about our five big takeaways.
The start of the school year is also a good time to train all employees about Title IX and sexual misconduct. We recommend annual training to keep everyone on the same page in regards to what to report, how to report, and what the proper procedures are. If you’re not sure how to start we’re happy to make a training plan for you and your staff. Don’t let the mistakes of other schools be your mistakes! Title IX may seem overwhelming, but it is absolutely necessary for the safety and success of your school. In a crucial time of ensuring you are compliant, McGrath’s Title IX training can help you to adapt and transform to the current Title IX regulations. We offer a free consultation as well as an understanding timeline and budget when helping you create a custom program for your needs. Email or call us at 800-733-1638.