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Category: University News

Title: Georgetown Supports U.S. Department of Education Review of Title IX, Including Accounting for LGBTQ, Intersecting Discrimination

Date Published: June 14, 2021

“We hope that the Department views Georgetown, and all of higher education, as partners in this endeavor to make our schools safer, more equitable places to learn and work, and we look forward to helping the Department achieve these goals.”

– President John J. DeGioia

Engaging the Georgetown Community

Georgetown’s comment submitted in 2019 was informed by community feedback gathered at 11 listening sessions with more than 375 students, faculty and staff members.

The comment was included in the materials submitted to the Department of Education last week, reiterating the university’s concerns about the narrower scope of Title IX to address sexual misconduct, the low bar the regulations set for colleges and universities to respond to sexual misconduct and the overly legalistic grievance process.

Though the Biden Administration has not yet released proposed changes to Title IX policies, the university’s comment indicates appreciation for the review and encourages the department to seek more input from Georgetown and other universities.

“As the review of the 2020 Title IX Regulations moves forward, we would encourage the Department to continue seeking broad input from those most impacted by these regulations, including survivors and those who have been accused, as well as the counselors, clinicians, Title IX Coordinators, student conduct officials, and other campus officials who are charged with implementing these regulations on a daily basis on college and university campuses,” wrote DeGioia. “We hope that the Department views Georgetown, and all of higher education, as partners in this endeavor to make our schools safer, more equitable places to learn and work, and we look forward to helping the Department achieve these goals.”

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Combating Sexual Misconduct

As the department reviews Title IX policies and procedures, the regulations that went into effect in 2020 remain in place. 

Regardless of the outcome of the review, Georgetown remains committed to combating sexual misconduct and has resources available to help any community member who has been impacted by sexual misconduct.