Panel to Explore New Federal Regulations on Sexual Misconduct

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A panel of experts will take a closer look at controversial new federal Title IX regulations, which were mandated in August by the U.S. Department of Education, at a Pitt panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

The session will feature Associate Vice Chancellor for Civil Rights and Title IX Katie Pope, Professor of Law Deborah Brake and a representative from Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, among others. It’s part of a new educational series called “Shattering the Statistics: A Collective Effort Towards Ending Sexual Violence,” sponsored by Pitt’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Office.

“This session was designed to help inform our community about the new Title IX regulations and how their application, through our interim Title IX Policy, will work in real situations,” said Pope.

Pope says one of the biggest changes is that the new regulations require a formal investigation outcome to be determined by an in-person hearing that allows for questions to be asked by advisors for either party. Additionally, there are new requirements for the language used in the documents related to an investigation.

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