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Violence, Discrimination - USDE OCR guidance on responsibilities of schools

Published June 2014

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in April issued further guidance describing the responsibilities of colleges, universities, and schools to address sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination. The guidance provides clarification for schools and students regarding Title IX requirements in these cases. Schools are encouraged to be proactive in their efforts to prevent sexual violence, remedy prohibited conduct, prevent reoccurrence, and to address the impact of sexual violence. Officials for OCR were clear in their statements that they are ready to enforce this guidance and to ensure the safety of all students in schools.

Districts should take the time to review the guidance to make sure they are in compliance with federal civil rights laws when dealing with issues of sexual violence and other forms of sex discrimination.