On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued final regulations governing campus sexual assault under Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination at federally funded institutions. Emerson staff members are in the process of reviewing the final regulations, which are set forth by the Department of Education, along with commentary in more than 2000 pages. We will be assessing the implications of these new regulations for the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and any other processes related to the College’s handling of reports of sexual misconduct. We will leverage the guidance of experts, learning in the field, and the work of the Presidential Working Group as we move ahead.
The Department of Education has imposed an August 14, 2020 deadline on all colleges and universities that receive federal funds to comply with the final regulations. This will be a tremendous challenge for all institutions, especially given the effects of COVID-19 on the operations of colleges and universities across the country, including Emerson.
As always, Emerson remains committed to fostering an environment that is free from interpersonal power-based violence and to ensuring a fair and consistent process for all members of the Emerson community.