Two civil liberties groups have urged the U.S. Department of Education not to delay the
release of proposed regulations under Title IX (proposed in November 2018), despite the fact
that institutions are putting all efforts toward the basic need of students during the coronavirus
In a letter written to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Assistant Secretary Kenneth Marcus,
the leaders of Speech First, a campus free speech organization, and the Independent Women’s
Law Center, which advocates for reduced government control, stated that the shift of colleges
to online operations makes it “an ideal time” for officials to change their policies to be in
compliance with new Title IX regulations.
Waiting on the rule, the letter says, would mean “biased investigatory procedures that stack
the deck against the accused” will continue for students in the Title IX process at colleges.
All stakeholders in America’s institutions of higher education deserve a just system, and they
deserve it now,” stated Nicole Neily, president and founder of Speech First. “At a time when
the COVID-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty in the education community, the
department can provide clarity with respect to Title IX by issuing the regulations as soon as