The Changing Landscape of Title IX in 2019: What Colleges Can Expect


March 27, 2019


Kent Seaver

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes


In November 2018, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released a controversial proposal to overhaul how schools across the country address sexual misconduct complaints, narrowing the definition of what sexual harassment is on campus and reinforcing "due process" rights for students accused.

Title IX is the federal law that bans sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs. Changes that have already occurred in the Trump Administration include the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines to require that colleges use the lowest standard of proof, called “preponderance of evidence,” in adjudicating complaints. The DOE changes ask institutions to decide if they want to use that standard or the higher “clear and convincing” standard, as long as it is consistently applied in all matters of misconduct.

The issue at hand: how will these new and controversial changes affect, and protect, students in 2019…and beyond? Will institutions of higher learning become safer, or more confused as to how to apply the law? Will the new regulations create a better sense of equality among the accused and accuser, or will “survivors” go back to becoming “victims”? The questions that are raised are extremely important for all students and colleges, and the answers and analysis provided in this presentation will create a better sense of understanding into this perplexing issue.

Preparation and knowing what questions and considerations your school should be preparing for to ensure that Title IX changes are effectively implemented are keys to the outcomes of this presentation. Whatever is happening with your current practices or plans might be completely rewritten, so it is best to understand the new landscape of the rule of law and how it will affect your students, and those charged with enforcing deferral law.

Join us for this informative session with education expert, Kent Seaver and be better informed and prepared to implement these new regulations should they become federal law.

Why Should You Attend:

Access to education is possibly the paramount factor facing today’s higher education community. Anything that hinders that access is a detriment to the educational path of a student. Title IX is the mechanism whereby the access to education is guaranteed to all students at colleges and universities. When questions arise that reflect light and sometimes darkness on this longstanding rule of law, it is important for all higher education stakeholders to understand what they can do to help their students.

Session Objectives:

  • Engagement, assessment, and proper understanding of the latest Title IX proposed changes
  • Learn how the proposed changes will affect both students and academic institutions
  • Understanding “preponderance of evidence” vs. “clear and convincing”
  • Knowing what questions and considerations your school should be preparing for to ensure that Title IX changes are effectively implemented
  • Assist in creating plans and models aimed at improving and ensuring access
  • Provide resources, tools, and skills to Title IX coordinators and enforcement officers to help them meet the demand of their complex roles
  • Help in developing and implementing solutions to enhance the engagement of students that are matriculating through your campuses
  • Share professional development ideas with the goal of better preparing faculty, students and staff for the changes ahead

Who Will Benefit:

  • Academic administrators
  • Title IX coordinators
  • Enforcement officers
  • Counselors
  • Advisors
  • Faculty