Title IX

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that requires equality in education, regardless of gender. Nowadays, it is often interpreted to cover sexual violence in schools. This year, Betsy DeVos introduced a series of reforms to Title IX, which include only requiring institutions to investigate reports of violence that happen on campus, narrows the definition of sexual harassment, and allows direct cross examination (parties question each other). Coalition Z rejects these reforms, and supports legislation that provide comprehensive sex education – that includes information on rights and healthy relationships – and codify aspects of Title IX into law. 

Legislation We Support 

  1. Codifying the Obama-era Guidelines into State and Local Laws - Although the Obama-era Title IX guidelines were not perfect, they are much more equitable than the new DeVos guidelines. For example, the Obama-era guidelines mandate for both parties to have access to an appeals process, outlaw direct cross examination (parties question each other), and require a clear and convincing standard (more than 50% probability offense didn’t happen needed for acquittal). States can follow in the footsteps of New York to codify these guidelines into their state laws to ensure that institutions within the state are following them. 

  2. Comprehensive Sex Education that would ensure that students understand healthy relationships, their rights, and the resources provided to them

    1. New York State: S04844/A06512, which would mandate age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education that includes curricula on consent, bodily autonomy, and healthy relationships

    2. Federal: The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would require the Department of Health and Human Services to enter contracts with non profits and award grants for comprehensive sex education and training educators. 

  3. Representative Ted Lieu’s Preventing Abuse of K-12 Students Act of 2019 would provide grants for states to implement statewide educational policies requiring institutions to create codes of conduct on acceptable and unacceptable behavior in school and ensure that school officials receive training on these codes of conduct, Federal and state laws regarding reporting child abuse, Title IX requirements, and sexual abuse awareness and prevention. 

Actions We’re Taking 

  1. Calling our Representatives to ask them to support the Preventing Abuse of K-12 Students Act of 2019 and to reintroduce The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act at the federal level and calling our State Representatives to support Comprehensive Sexual Education 

  2. Calling on our High Schools and local universities to commit to following the Obama-era guidelines 

  3. Hosting teach-ins so our peers can learn about their rights