OCR Title IX Q&A Document

OCR Title IX Q&A Document

The Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights released a Question and Answer document pertaining to prevention of sexual assault and harassment on college campuses and Title IX requirements. Especially important section on page 27: “OCR recognizes that some people who provide assistance to students who experience sexual violence are not professional or pastoral counselors. They include all individuals who work or volunteer in on-campus sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers, or health centers (“non-professional counselors or advocates”), including front desk staff and students. OCR wants students to feel free to seek their assistance and therefore interprets Title IX to give schools the latitude not to require these individuals to report incidents of sexual violence in a way that identifies the student without the student’s consent. These non-professional counselors or advocates are valuable sources of support for students, and OCR strongly encourages schools to designate these individuals as confidential sources.”

 

Thanks to Tess Perselay for pointing out this section!

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