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Do You Need to Wait for the New Rules to Come Out Before You File a Title IX Complaint?

The critical language of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 consists of only 37 words. However, the regulations, judicial interpretations, and executive orders concerning those few powerful words provide complainants, respondents, and their school’s guidance on what is protected and how those protections are enforced. The regulations were substantially revised in 2020, and …

Can a Parent File a Title IX Complaint on Behalf of a College Student?

Watching your child leave to go off to college evokes a variety of emotions in parents. We experience pride and excitement, but these positive emotions are often accompanied by a sense of loss and fear. We are losing contact and control over a life we carefully nurtured for years. We can no longer protect that …

How to Know When You Have Suffered Unlawful Title IX Retaliation from Your School

Fear of retaliation is often the biggest reason students decide not to report Title IX violations on college campuses. If you have stepped forward and taken action to improve the environment at your school, you deserve to be congratulated, not punished. But we know that’s not usually how it works. A Title IX allegation makes …

Winning the Battle but Losing the War: Student Wins on Contractual Grounds but Court Denies Title IX Claim

A nursing student who was mistreated by her school won $1.7 million in damages in a lawsuit against the school. But this win feels like a loss in many ways for Title IX advocates. Not only did the court reject the student’s efforts to assert her Title IX rights, but they may also have established …