NOTE: On September 22, 2017, the US Department of Education (DOE) rescinded the 2011 and 2014 Dear Colleague letters that provided guidance on Title IX for colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. Despite these changes, ModelCampus is committed to helping campuses respond to intimate partner violence in ways that are trauma-informed, survivor-centered, as well as compliant with, but stronger than federal requirements. ModelCampus is working to update the details of this site as quickly as possible, as more information is provided by the DOE. The guiding principles on this site remain current and are the foundation of ModelCampus’s recommended practices for implementing campus policy.
This ModelCampus: Title IX Action Guide is your guide for preventing and addressing gender-based violence and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on college and university campuses. ModelCampus covers the following IPV-related topics:
- Prevention and education
- Support services
- Reporting and privacy concerns
- Investigation and adjudication
- Policy development
Each of these topics includes guiding principles to help you make important decisions, as well as real life scenarios that serve as examples of how to apply the guiding principles.
The guiding principles outlined here in the ModelCampus: Title IX Action Guide are derived from requirements outlined in several federal regulations. Specific sources for requirements are listed throughout the site.
In accordance with federal guidance, colleges and universities, both public and private, that receive federal funds are required to:
- Provide prevention education programs to all incoming students and new employees, along with ongoing primary prevention and awareness programs for current students and employees.
- Address victims'/survivors' rights and resources for assistance. The response to victims/survivors needs to be timely, appropriate, sensitive, and respectful.
- Specify their institution’s conduct proceedings, including investigation and adjudication protocols.
- Develop clear and comprehensive policies related to IPV, sexual violence and stalking.
- Adequately address victims’/survivors’ privacy concerns and clearly outline the school’s reporting policies.
The recommendations made on ModelCampus: Title IX Action Guide are not required by law, but serve to assist institutions in complying fully with the spirit and letter of the relevant federal laws. Some are specific to sexual harassment and misconduct, which are inclusive of IPV and stalking. Institutions should prioritize the physical and emotional safety of their students by removing obstacles to disclosing and/or reporting violence or abuse.
In general, all recommendations below are intended to guide schools in minimizing the burdens often placed on victims/survivors while they navigate available services and processes.
These recommendations were derived largely from these sources:
- Office for Civil Rights 2011 Dear Colleague Letter
- April 2014 Office for Civil Rights Guidance
- Recent expansion of reporting guidelines under the Clery Act
- Recommendations from The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence through their Guidance and Model Policy Documents strengthen and expand upon the federal guidance.