New Title IX Rules / Title IX Final Rule FAQs

The Title IX process has been a debated topic for decades. Recently, the Trump Administration introduced the most significant changes to Title IX rules in years.

On May 6th, 2020 Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the U.S. Department of Education's new guidance to Title IX cases. These new rules guide schools on how to handle sexual misconduct cases on campus. They went into effect on August 14, 2020.  They are called the "Title IX Final Rule", or informally, the new Title IX rules.

As a federal law created in 1972, Title IX doesn't change. However, the federal government can change the guidelines around how Title IX is enforced in schools nationwide. These guidelines can change based on which political party is in power.

The Title IX Final Rule: A Response to Due Process Issues

The DOE's new Title IX guidelines have been created in response to due process issues under the previous rules. Hundreds of due process lawsuits have been filed over the years by students accused of sexual misconduct. These students argue that they didn't get the proper legal protections – including their right to question their accuser – before being held responsible and punished for something they didn't do.

It's a story that has unfortunately become more common since Title IX was previously changed. Students accused of sexual misconduct get suspended or even expelled without a fair chance to defend themselves, in as short a time as 60 days.

Previous changes to Title IX reflect an effort to protect victims of sexual assault. But the accused also need protection, especially before being found responsible for any wrongdoing. Unfortunately, this is a difficult balance to find. Meanwhile, you could be facing the end of your educational career as you've known it so far.

You Need to Look Out for Yourself

When accused of Title IX sexual misconduct at one's college or university, you must understand what is involved and at stake in a Title IX case.  Regrettably, under no circumstances should you depend on your school to provide the necessary information, guidance, and support.

With that in mind, the following are frequently asked questions for cases addressed and adjudicated under the Title IX Final Rule, and which are intended to help accused students and their parents through what can be the most challenging time in their lives.   Remember that you are not alone, and under no circumstances should you go it alone.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped countless clients facing the same and similar concerns at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States and he can help you.  Contact the Lento Law Firm today for help at 888-535-3686.

New Title IX Rules / Title IX Final Rule Frequently Asked Questions