Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

2020 Title IX Regulations

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Sect 304

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

National Guidance Materials

Available at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf

OCR’s policy guidance materials serve an important function: to notify schools and other recipients of federal funds of their legal obligations and the ways OCR enforces federal civil rights laws, helping them to comply with the law. In some instances, the guidance OCR issues directly responds to emerging trends in discriminatory behavior, as reflected in the Civil Rights Data Collection, requests OCR receives for technical assistance, and complaint investigations. Also, when precedent-setting cases in the courts clarify specific elements of application of the law, OCR utilizes “Dear Colleague” letters and accompanying supplementary materials to help ensure that the general public understands how the decisions apply to schools, districts, and educational institutions of higher learning. When appropriate, OCR issues guidance jointly with other civil rights offices, such as the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Learn about different types of guidance documents, including how to comment on significant guidance. Educational institutions may use OCR’s policy guidance to help adjust their own policies and practices to enhance civil rights protections for students and avoid committing civil rights violations, which may eliminate the need for OCR enforcement. And students, families, and communities may utilize this guidance to better understand students’ civil rights.

This handbook reflects the Department of Educations’s interpretations and guidance, as of the date of publication. It is intended for use by the Department’s program reviewers who are responsible for evaluating an institution’s compliance with the requirements as well as postsecondary institutions and outside reviewers.

Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting 2016 Edition

These reports are submitted under Section 203(b)(1) of the Department of Education Organization Act of 1979, Pub. L. No. 96–88, which provides: “The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights shall make an annual report to the Secretary, the President, and the Congress summarizing the compliance and enforcement activities of the Office for Civil Rights and identifying significant civil rights or compliance problems as to which such Office has made a recommendation for corrective action and as to which, in the judgment of the Assistant Secretary, adequate progress is not being made.” 20 U.S.C. §3413(b)(1).

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Annual Reports

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Act 206, Session Laws 2011

In 2011, the state of Hawai‘i enacted Act 206 to protect the employment rights of victims of domestic and sexual violence by: (1) prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of domestic or sexual violence victim status under H.R.S. chapter 378, part I “Discriminatory Practices”; and (2) amending H.R.S. chapter 378, part VI, formerly titled “Victims Leave” and renamed “Victims Protections”, to add a sub-part requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Act 206, Session Laws 2011

Act 222, Session Laws 2015

Establishes an affirmative consent task force to review and make recommendations on the University of Hawaii’s executive policy on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Act 222, Session Laws 2015

Act 208, Session Laws 2016

Requires UH to train employees and students on sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking policies, appoint a confidential advocate at each campus, designate all faculty members as responsible employees under Title IX, enter into MOUs with county police departments regarding reporting of sexual assault cases to the police, and conduct a campus climate survey, and submit reports to the Legislature. Appropriates funds.

Act 208, Session Laws 2016

OIE update on Act 208 

Act 110, Session Laws 2018

“State Title IX” bill: “No person in the State, on the basis of sex, including gender identity or expression or sexual orientation shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any state educational program or activity. Effective January 1, 2020.

Directs the LRB to conduct a study of federal laws and regulations and recommend proposed legislation.

Act 110, Session Laws 2018

Act 177, Session Laws 2019

Reaffirms the state’s commitment to Title IX and extends the deadline for a LRB report to August 1, 2019. The LRB report was mandated in Act 110, Session Laws 2018.

Incorporates various federal exemptions allowing for sex and gender delineation in social fraternities/sororities, certain youth service organizations, financial aid, and same-sex living facilities. Effective January 1, 2020.

Act 177, Session Laws 2019