Title IX and Targeting the Two-Track Approach

Students walk past Princeton University’s Nassau Hall in Princeton, N.J. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)
Trump’s Education Department has restored some balance to campus treatment of accused violators, but colleges are trying to get around the new rules.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A ugust has been a big month for Title IX, the federal law banning sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds. Two federal district courts allowed the Trump administration’s new Title IX regulations to take effect on schedule (August 14), and at least two schools, Princeton and Tulane Universities, announced they are creating two disciplinary tracks for campus sexual-misconduct complaints — one reflecting federal Title IX policy and the other reflecting the school’s own policy. Given the history of Title IX and the politics of campus sexual-assault allegations, this “two-track” approach should be closely watched.

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Teresa R. Manning is the policy director at the National Association of Scholars and the author of its report Dear Colleague: The Weaponization of Title IX, scheduled for release in September.

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