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In May 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued its final Title IX regulations, which go into effect August 14, 2020. The new regulations significantly modify existing procedures and requirements, and establish a new investigation/decision-making process that educational institutions will need to become familiar with in a very short period of time. The regulations now require that multiple people in addition to the Title IX Coordinator be involved in each complaint of sexual discrimination, and that each of these persons receive specific training in such things as the new definition of sexual harassment, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process — including hearings, appeals, and informal resolution processes — and how to serve impartially, including by avoiding prejudgment of the facts at issue, conflicts of interest, and bias.
Recognizing sexual harassment and responding to complaints has changed drastically. Thompson & Horton attorneys have spent hundreds of hours this summer reviewing and analyzing the new requirements, and have created a three-hour training program that will provide the basic training needed to comply with the new regulations, and make sure your people are ready to handle complaints this fall. In addition, Thompson & Horton has created a set of form templates that your district can adapt and use as part of the new investigation and determination process.
If you are interested, please contact your favorite T&H attorney.
Chris Gilbert and Jessica Witte presented New Title IX Regulations: What Every Educational Institution Should Know (K-12) – recording can be found here.
Lisa Brown, Holly McIntush, and Adam Rothey presented New Title IX Regulations: What Every Educational Institution Should Know (Higher Education) – recording can be found here.
Leah Tucker to present “Employee Leave and Accommodations in the (Never-Ending) COVID Era” at the Region 10 Human Resources Summit.
Heather Rhea to present “LGBTQ Issues in Employment & The Impact of Bostock” at the Region 10 Human Resources Summit.
Dianna Bowen and Taylor Montgomery to present “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword: Fair and Effective Employee Documentation” at the Region 10 Human Resources Summit.
Leila Gary and Oleg Nudelman to present “Avoiding Implicit Bias in Employment Matters” at the Region 10 Human Resources Summit.
John Hopkins, Mark Smith, and Adam Rothey will present “Bond Program Disputes: How to Avoid Litigation When Possible but be Prepared for Disputes When they Happen” at 2021 TASBO Engage Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.
Elizabeth Humphrey to present A 21st Century Snapshot of Dress Code Issues at UT Law CLE’s 2021 School Law Conference.
Rebecca Bailey to present Before, During, and After a Global Health Crisis: Preventing Under and Over-Identification of Section 504 Students at LRP’s National Institute Symposium in Phoenix, Arizona.
Rebecca Bailey to Present “Clash of Laws: The Dissonance Between Title IX, the IDEA and Section 504” at LRP’s Nation Institute Symposium in Phoenix, AZ
Dianna Bowen to Present “Zoom Bloopers FERPA and Confidentiality Issues in Providing Virtual Learning” at LRP’s Nation Institute Symposium in Phoenix, AZ.