What’s Happening with Title IX? Education Amendments Act of 1972


If you were to ask someone “What’s title ix?” I’m willing to bet that the most common answer
would be something like, ugh, it let’s women play sports? The most bitter answer might be, it took away
funding for our lacrosse team. Title IX did have a huge impact for women
and sports. Its part of the reason I got to play little
league and thus have this picture in perpetuity. However, what you might not know, is that
the original title IX makes no mention of sports. What it does say is: No person in the United
States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits
of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving
Federal financial assistance. Which means schools that receive federal funding
can’t discriminate based on sex. It covers ten key areas: athletics, access
to higher education, career education, education for pregnant and parenting students, employment,
learning environment, math and science, standardized testing, technology, And sexual harassment. Yes, under Title IX, Sexual harassment and
sexual violence are forms of gender discrimination. Well, it is for now. Thanks to Betsy, “guns in schools kill grizzlies”
Devos, that might not be the case for much longer! You may remember, last year, after she met
with some Men’s Rights Groups, since you know, it’s a scary time to be a man, DeVos rescinded
documents that outlined how schools should address sexual misconduct. Then on November 29th, 2018, the Department
of Education published its proposed regulation that would basically let schools almost entirely
off the hook for handling allegations of sexual assault. Let’s jump to just some of the proposed changes,
shall we!? Schools wouldn’t be responsible if a student
only told a teacher or coach they trust. Allegations have to be made with a Title IX
coordinator or another high ranking university official. Schools would be required to ignore harassment
that occurs outside of a school activity, including most off-campus and online harassment. Good thing 87% of college students live off
campus and people are so nice to each other online. The actual definition of sexual harassment
will be severely limited – so schools would be required to ignore harassment until it
becomes so severe that it denies a student educational opportunities. The supportive measures schools would be able
to provide can’t unreasonably burden the other party – so, it would be impossible for survivors
to request that their perpetrator be moved out of their dorm or classes There would be no clear timeframe for investigations,
and schools would be able to delay taking any action. Schools would be required to presume that
no harassment occurred. The standard of proof would change from the
“preponderance of the evidence- which means more likely than not and be changed to clear
and convincing evidence, which is a standard of proof that favors the perpetrator. These aren’t even all of the changes proposed
but the argument for these and the rest of the changes are that, it’s supposed to be
helping the rights of those accused. But these rules are about letting schools
ignore sexual violence, not due process. In fact, they will lead to around a 39% annual
reduction in investigations, which, big reveal, would lead to universities saving $19 million. It’s basically saying, cool cool cool, you
can keep your #metoo movement and we are gonna keep sweeping this shit under the rug. But remember: restricting the number of investigations
doesn’t change the number of students that are harassed or raped. The good news is, before these changes go
into effect, they are subject to an open comment period for 60 days, which has already started
but is open until January 28th. Open comment means anyone has a chance to
submit comments which all have to be read and considered – and means that the courts
can strike down regulations that are insufficiently responsive to that public input. So what you can do up until January 28th –
Spread the word – tweet, share and repost this video or any of the resources below so
people know this is happening- Submit a comment- check out the resources
i have provided below for how to write an effective comment. Just a quick mention to really send this home
– under these new rules, Michigan State and Penn State would have had no responsibility
in stopping the decades of abuse from Larry Nassar and Jerry Sandusky. So, let that sink in. I’m Kristin Brey and thanks for watching Below
the Fold. Please like, comment and share to spread awareness
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3 thoughts on “What’s Happening with Title IX? Education Amendments Act of 1972”

  1. The new rules were much needed. Betsy Devos is a hero! Due process people innocent before proven guilty and you have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Yes the accused can stay on campus until proven guilty because still innocent until proven guilty. Why do you feminists hate due process?

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