The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a virtual Title IX Public Hearing on June 7-11, 2021. The hearing provides an opportunity for educators, students, parents, and other members of the public to share their perspectives on the August 2020 Title IX regulations. OCR is also seeking comments on steps it can take to address sexual harassment, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational environments.
Attendees can participate in this hearing by (1) providing a live comment of up to three minutes during the virtual hearing, (2) submitting a written comment, or (3) attending the hearing to listen to comments from others. Information about how to participate is below.
- To provide a live comment, you must register using the Live Comment Registration Link. Only one comment is permitted per individual and slots are limited. Those interested in providing a live comment are encouraged to register for day two (June 8, 2021) or day 3 (June 9, 2021).
- Written comments are also welcomed. Participants can send written comments to T9PublicHearing@ed.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 11, 2021 and must include the subject line “Written Comment: Title IX Public Hearing (topic of the comment).” Written comments may address steps the Department can take to:
- Ensure that schools are providing students with educational environments free from discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence;
- Ensure that schools have grievance procedures that provide for the fair, prompt, and equitable resolution of reports of sexual harassment and other sex discrimination, cognizant of the sensitive issues that are often involved; and/or
- Address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in educational environments.
- No registration is required for those interested in only attending the hearing. Use the Attendee-only link to access the hearing.
A transcript of the hearing will be posted to the OCR Website within 30 days following the hearing.
Additional information about the hearing, including how to request accommodations, can be found in OCR’s Notice Announcing Title IX Public Hearing.