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Violence, Discrimination - USDE OCR guidance on responsibilities of schools (June 2014 School Leader Update)

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in April issued further guidance describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities, and schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination. The guidance provides clarification for schools and students regarding Title IX requirements in these cases. Schools are encouraged to be proactive in their efforts to prevent sexual violence, remedy prohibited conduct, prevent reoccurrence, and to address the impact of sexual violence. Officials for OCR were clear in their statements that they are ready to enforce this guidance and to ensure the safety of all students in schools.

Districts should take the time to review the guidance to make sure they are in compliance with federal civil rights laws when dealing with issues of sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination. For questions, regarding equity issues, contact Margaret Jensen Connet at 515-281-3769 or margaret.jensenconnet@iowa.gov.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 27, 2015 at 8:50pm.