“As of June 22, 2015, there are 38 sexual violence cases under investigation at 37 elementary and secondary institutions.”
From our research, the list should be even longer; however, there exists many reasons why OCR does not investigate some of the complaints made to them or why some individuals decide not to formally make a complaint to OCR.
For more information, please contact us via email: Jules Irvin-Rooney, J.D. @
The following is the list from OCR as of June 22, 2015:
AR Lincoln Consolidated School District
AR West Memphis
AZ Tucson Unified District
CA Berkeley Unified
CA Palo Alto Unified
CA San Diego Unified
CA Santa Cruz City High
CO Boulder Valley
CO Custer County School District
CT South Windsor Board of Education
DC District Of Columbia Pub Schls
Case 1: 12/14/2010 Case 2: 7/17/2014
FL Pinellas County School District
GA Gwinnett County Public Schools
IL Crystal Lake CC Sch Dist 47
IN School City Of Hammond
LA Vernon Parish School Board
MD Prince Georges County Public Schools
MD Queen Annes County School Dist
MI South Lake Schools
MO Fayette R-III School District
MO Francis Howell R-III School District
MT Lockwood SD No. 26
NC Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
NM Albuquerque Public School District
OH North Olmsted City SD
SD Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School
TN Achievement School District
TX Aldine ISD
TX Angleton ISD
TX Bosque County Educational Cooperative
TX Northwest ISD
TX Terrell ISD
UT Murray School District
VA Virginia Beach City Public Schools
WA Seattle SD No. 1
WV Putnam County School District
*Please note that these are not all inclusive, nor should they be construed as legal advice for your school or institution.
School is out for the summer, but that definitely does NOT mean that you should not be helping your school and school district comply with Title IX and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Guidelines. Below are a few of my thoughts on what schools should be doing. In order to know what more your school should be doing, please set up a consultation with me. We are here to help individualize a “best” practice plan for you!
What Should Your School/Institution Be Doing?
Awareness programs: Community-wide and audience-specific programming, initiatives, and strategies that increase audience knowledge and share information and resources to prevent violence, promote safety, and reduce perpetration.
Ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns: Need to be sustained over time; focus on increasing understanding of relevant topics; use a range of strategies with audiences throughout the institution. Primary Prevention: Be Pro-Active. Go ahead and implement this at the K-12 level!
For colleges and universities (and should also be applicable for K-12) the regulations says that schools need to deliver to ALL incoming students and staff the following: programming, initiatives and strategies informed by research or assessed for value, effectiveness or outcome that are intended to stop dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking before they occur through the promotion of positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions.
Healthy sexuality needs to be geared towards all types of students.
Risk Reduction: Ask yourself this question: Are our programs currently focused on patterns/behaviors of victims or of perpetrators? Do we have options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence?
Bystander Intervention: You want training that is based on helping students and staff acquire skills in 5 different areas —
1) identifying the potentially harmful situation,
2) knowing their options,
3) determining what role to play,
4) taking effective action, and
5) when to call for additional help. Training should bridge from one skill set to another skill set.
School/Institution/Campus Climate Survey: If done properly, this will be really helpful. Does it measure what is supposed to be measured? Is it based on a validated survey instrument? Is it tested to see if it measures what it is supposed to measure?
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The following is a brief explanation of two major education laws that we specialize in here at Title IX and Clery Act Consulting–Title IX and the Clery Act.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. Indeed, Title IX is a very short statute. Guidance for schools that receive federal funding has been found through Supreme Court decisions and specific guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Most of us first understood Title IX in its relationship to sports, however, from decisions of the United States Supreme Court and guidance letters (entitled “Dear Colleague Letters” from the U.S. Department of Education) Title IX now encompasses sexual assault and harassment — or, as many schools like to term it: “sexual misconduct.” Thus, under Title IX, schools are legally required to respond and remedy hostile educational environments and failure to do so is a violation that means a school could risk losing its federal funding — that would be called the “nuclear bomb” reaction. No school has had that transpire. Yet, for those following Title IX campus sexual assault coverage in the media, it is clear that the Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights are taking complaints regarding schools seriously.
Here, at Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC, we take compliance issues very seriously. That information can be found through looking at our mission statement, reviewing Jules C. Irvin-Rooney’s biography and curriculum vitae, and (most of all) contacting us to help you.
However, it is important to understand the specific requirements of Title IX. In order to do so, schools must look to guidance materials from the U.S. Department of Education. Recently, the 2011 Title IX Guidance, known as the “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL), discussed the obligations schools have to address campus sexual violence. While the DCL is not law, it is a firm “recommendation,” and it tells schools what the Department of Education recommends they do in all stages of a campus sexual assault — pro-active and re-active. It also outlines how the Department of Education will review and respond to complaints. For more information, you can read the entirety of the April 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter.”
Do note that this “Dear Colleague Letter” focuses primarily on post-secondary schools — schools of higher education, whether they are two year colleges or four year colleges or universities. To note, for the Department of Education to investigate, one (1) single instance of sexual violence is sufficient to qualify as creating a hostile educational environment.
Here at Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC, we deal with issues both about K-12 federally funded schools and post-secondary schools.
Yet, what is this “Clery Act?” The Clery Act currently only applies to post-secondary schools. It was originally termed the “Campus Security Act,” yet it is now called the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)). As The Clery Center for Security on Campus States: “This is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.”
June 23rd marked the 43rd Anniversary of Title IX! We still have so far to go in making strides and upholding the intent of the law. We look forward to working this year to provide more change — change that needs to happen at the grassroots level, in every school district, at every college and university, in our judicial system, through better relationships with law enforcement, and through legislation–legislation including The Teach Safe Relationships Act.
We celebrate the purpose and the meaning of Title IX, in addition to serving our mission of helping train schools to have more than the minimum requirements under the law: we want to see “best” practices.
Today, on June 25, 2015, Jules Irvin-Rooney, J.D. will present to the National Campus Safety Forum #CSeventDC the presentation: Title IX and K-12 Schools: Understanding the Law & Implementing “Best Practices.” Jules’ session is following the Keynote address by Senator Claire McCaskill on the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Additionally, following Jules will be a presentation from S. Daniel Carter, Director of 32 National Campus Safety Initiative VTV Family Outreach.
If you are unable to make this break-out session at the National Campus Safety Forum or you want to further your knowledge about the best practices, please contact us.
Together, we will fight school sexual misconduct and violence; and, by the time Title IX turns 43, substantial positive change will transpire!