DOE Title IX Regulations - August 2020

Department of Education's (DOE) new Title IX Regulations

On August 14, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) new Title IX regulations went into effect. The regulations mandate how schools across the country must respond to complaints of sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence.  The University of California has provided the following materials which highlights important things to understand about how the regulations do and do not affect the University and some of the significant changes included in the interim policies.

Additional information and resources can be found on the Systemwide Title IX Office Website.

SVSH Policy and Procedures

UC Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence (SVSH Policy)

This Policy addresses the University’s responsibilities and procedures related to sexual violence, sexual harassment, retaliation, and other prohibited behavior as those terms are defined in this Policy (together, “Prohibited Conduct”) in order to ensure an equitable and inclusive education and employment environment. The Policy defines Prohibited Conduct and explains the administrative procedures the University uses to resolve reports of Prohibited Conduct.

Note on Federal Regulations: The Title IX regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) that went into effect August 14, 2020 require the University to follow a specific grievance process (“DOE Grievance Process”) in response to conduct covered by the regulations (“DOE-Covered Conduct”). The University advocated strongly for DOE to change some components of the DOE Grievance Process before DOE issued the regulations; DOE did not. Because compliance with the regulations is a condition of federal funding, the University has nonetheless revised its policies to fully implement them. This Policy is more expansive than the regulations in both conduct prohibited (described in Section II) and its coverage (described in Section III.B). So, the University will apply the DOE Grievance Process only when required, in response to DOE-Covered Conduct. It will follow its existing processes for all other reports. Appendix IV describes how the University will determine whether it must apply the DOE Grievance Process.

Student Procedures: 

PACAOS Appendix E

PACAOS Appendix F

Employee Procedures:  

SVSH Training Materials

Systemwide Title IX Training Materials