Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator
Federal guidance comes in many forms including "Dear Colleague" or “Dear Educator” Letters, Question and Answer documents, Know Your Rights documents, White House guidance, etc. The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from time to time issues official correspondence in which it details the OCR’s intent of how certain matters will be handled and/or interpreted, or its response to an event or legal decision, etc. The correspondence can also come in the form of summaries or reiterations of existing practices of OCR. These documents do not have the force of law and are meant to provide guidance to educational institutions responsible for complying with federal laws and regulations.
*On Jan. 22, 2014, President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. As part of the task force, this report was created and the contents of the report were shared, along with additional resources, on notalone.gov. The task force is now nonexistent, and the website is no longer active. This document is not law and should only be relied upon for educational purposes.
**Not for reliance for certain purposes. This document expresses policy that is inconsistent in some respects with the Department’s regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended in 2020, as well as Executive Orders 13988 (on combating discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation) and 14021 (on sex discrimination in educational environments).