The U.S. Department of Education released its final rule under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. This rule takes effect on August 14, 2020. Dartmouth is required to make necessary amendments to our policy and procedures to fulfill the requirements of the final rule.
We have posted the proposed amendments to the Dartmouth Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy (SMP) and the processes for resolving complaints here:
In accordance with our amendment procedures, any Dartmouth community member is invited to review and comment on the proposed amendments over the next thirty days. Additionally, over the next thirty days, we will hold several open Zoom meetings to present on the changes as well as hear and respond to your questions.
These proposed amendments, required by the Department of Education, contain some changes that many in our community may have questions about. The final rule defines sexual harassment in a specific and limited way, which we have called Title IX Prohibited Conduct in the proposed amendments. It also specifies when institutions are obligated to respond to allegations of sexual harassment and when institutions must dismiss those allegations as not meeting the requirements of the final Title IX rule.
At Dartmouth, we believe that the best learning environment is one that is safe, welcoming and respectful, regardless of the geographic location in which you are participating in Dartmouth's education program. We also believe that the definition of sexual harassment provided by the Department of Education does not adequately capture the experiences that have been reported to our office over the past few years. To that end, our amended Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy will address both the Title IX Prohibited Conduct as defined by the Department of Education, but also more broadly defined Prohibited Conduct aligned with the current definitions in the SMP.