Requesting Organization Sign-on Supporting OCR's Letter on Sexual Violence Under Title IX

 
Sarah Axelson, Women's Sports Foundation
 
Requesting Organization Sign-on
Supporting OCR's Letter on Sexual Violence Under Title IX
 
Dear Colleague, 
 
On April 4th, 2011, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a “Dear Colleague Letter,” (DCL) which summarized schools’ responsibilities for addressing campus sexual violence under Title IX. The DCL offers uniformity and clarity on school’s duty to prevent and address sexual harassment and assault, and promises to improve student access to equal educational opportunities. 
 
Certain aspects of the DCL have been highly criticized, particularly the provisions requiring a preponderance of evidence standard of proof when assessing the merits of a complaint, and equitable treatment for both victims and accused students. The sign-on letter below attempts to provide support for the DCL letter, specifically addressing those contentious issues. In addition, the letter summarizes provisions that specifically relate to athletics, and schools’ responsibility to act promptly. The letter also supports the Campus SaVE Act, which would codify certain provisions of the DCL. 
 
We ask you join the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Association for Title IX Administrators (www.atixa.org) to sign the letter to the OCR before Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. 
 
To sign on, please email me with your signature block and electronic signature. If you do not have an electronic signature, we will provide a cursive font. 
 
Additionally, we encourage you to share this opportunity for sign-on with other organizations in your networks. 
 
Warm regards, 
 
Sarah J. Axelson | Advocacy & Program Coordinator 
Women\'s Sports Foundation 
t 516.542.4700 ext.148 f 516.542.4716 
 
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