ACLU Files Department of Education FOIA Request for Information on Title IX Rule

May 4, 2020 2:30 pm

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NEW YORK — The ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) today on behalf of Know Your IX, a project of Advocates for Youth. The ACLU and Know Your IX are seeking documents related to the anticipated release of a final rule with implications for how educational institutions address reports of sexual assault and harassment under Title IX.

The ACLU is specifically calling for the release of documents and materials pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 and related school closures, remote learning programming, and other measures on the application of the Title IX rule and any discussions ED officials may have had about those topics. The ACLU is seeking information to ensure the final rule will appropriately address reports of sexual assault and harassment in a remote learning setting.

“COVID-19 may have stopped students from traveling to campus, but sexual harassment and assault have followed them home,” said Ria Tabacco Mar, director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. “We’re demanding transparency about how the U.S. Department of Education plans to address reports of online sexual harassment.”

The FOIA request is here:

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