Sexual assault and harassment on college campuses have finally gotten the attention of federal authorities charged with monitoring compliance with Title's IX sex discrimination prohibition.
The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines for how schools must respond to sexual harassment, including sexual assault. In addition, along with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights is investigating complaints of noncompliance, issuing findings of discrimination, and entering into resolutions with schools. College students are also filing challenges to inadequate campus responses to complaints of sexual assault and harassment.
With students heading back to colleges and universities this month, now is the time to heed the Department of Education's call to action to address the serious issue of campus sexual misconduct. Recent studies estimate that 20 percent of young women and 6 percent of young men will experience a completed or attempted rape during their college career.