In September 2017, the Office of Civil Rights withdrew the 2014 and 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter” issued by the Obama administration as it is related to sexual harassment and sexual violence, and expanded and added new rights for students.
In October 2010, the Office of Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague Letter” reminding educational institutions that acts of bullying may violate civil rights and laws, such as Title IX, in cases in which the conduct is targeted toward an individual because of a person’s sex.
The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the enforcement agency for Title IX. The OCR publishes information on Title IX on its website.
Sexual harassment of students is illegal. A federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, in education programs and activities.
The revised guidance reaffirms the compliance standards that OCR applies in investigations and administrative enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) regarding sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.