The U.S. Department of Education proposed changes to Title IX in November 2018. These changes are supposed to give accommodations to students who are sexual assault survivors, limit what the schools need to look into, and give students who were accused resources to defend themselves, too.
The changes are:
- Sexual assaults that happen off-campus don’t need to be investigated by the university.
- Schools need to provide students who were sexually assaulted with support, such as switching schedules, counseling, and keeping their attacker from contacting them. This should still happen even if the student doesn’t want to make a formal complaint.
- Should a student tell a professor that they were assaulted, this doesn’t mean that the university needs to follow up with the allegation.
- When a school is investigating a sexual assault case, there will be a hearing where the student’s representatives can provide a cross-examination, but cannot ask questions about the sexual history of the student who is saying they were assaulted.
- The parties involved have equal access to the evidence.
- While schools can deny appeals for students facing disciplinary decisions in sexual misconduct cases, if they do allow appeals, then the parties involved can do so.
- The university official who is investigating the allegation can’t decide the case’s outcome.