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Current News and Communications

Current Announcements and News

State and Federal Level

 

In this section we will continue to update new regulations regarding Title IX on State and Federal level.

Information on previous regulations can be found down below.

2021

June 2021

In honor of Pride month, the Office for Civil Rights has published a Pride blog, and issued a notice of interpretation. This notice explains that the OCR will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination to include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, consistent with the reasoning in Bostock v. Clayton County, issued one year ago on June 15, 2020. You can find the press release here. Additionally, the OCR compiled a list of resources for LGBT+ students

June 7, 2021 - June 11, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it will conduct a comprehensive review of its regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, starting with a public hearing on the issues of sexual harassment in school environments, including sexual violence, and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. From June 7, 2021 — June 11, 2021, the OCR will host a virtual public hearing. Visit this link to view an in-depth description of the event. The OCR seeks participation from the public to address:

      1. Steps the Department can take to ensure that schools are providing students with educational environments free from discrimination in the form of sexual harassment.
      2. How the Department can continue to ensure that schools have grievance procedures that provide for the fair, prompt, and equitable resolution of reports of sexual harassment and other sex discrimination.
      3. The Department’s role in addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in educational environments.

To participate in the public hearing register here by June 11, 2021, at 11:00 PM CST

The public hearing will take place on the following dates and times:

      • June 7, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., CST
      • June 8, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,  CST
      • June 9, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., CST
      • June 10, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., CST
      • June 11, 2021, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,  CST

Campus and Local Level

On June 3, 2021, the NCAA released an updated timeline for when educational institutions must be in compliance with their Policy on Campus Sexual Violence. Read the full report here.

In Spring 2021, the Title IX Office sought campus feedback from current employees and students who have engaged with the Title IX Office, as well as suggestions and comments overall. The feedback survey was available on my.involvement or through the link in your LFC email. 

Visit the Title IX Homepage, my.involvement, or your LFC email for further internal communication. 

2020
2018 and Before
  • Local radio station WBEZ 91.5 FM featured a segment about Zacharias Center in Gurnee. This segment centered around the Z-Center's workshop to teach young mento fight rape culture. 
  • Listen to the Congressional Committee on Education and the Workforce” hearing on “Prevention and Responding to Sexual Assault on College Campuses” from Thursday, September 10, 2015.
  • Check out seeactstop.org to get facts, take action and help bring an end to the culture of campus sexual assault.