Author: Debbie Osgood
Debbie Osgood’s new article on the final Title IX regulations was published in the “Expert Analysis” section of Law360 today. As an HMBR partner and former OCR Enforcement Director, Debbie provides her perspective on the recalibrated scope of Title IX and the role of the federal government in addressing campus […]
On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued its much-anticipated new Title IX regulations on sexual harassment. The Department stated that new regulations will go into effect on August 14, 2020. These new regulations mark the first time in the history of the Title IX statute (passed in […]
U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced that a new technical assistance office will be opened to serve as a FREE national civil rights compliance resource for colleges, universities and other schools. The new office will be called the “OPEN Center” – short for “Outreach, Prevention, Education and […]
With Jonathan Helwink After recently dismissing hundreds of a single complainant’s website accessibility cases due to a lack of sufficient agency resources, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it is launching a new proactive technical assistance initiative to help schools of all types in making […]
Debbie Osgood, partner at HMBR, appears on the March 18, 2018 airing of Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. Debbie discusses balancing the need to encourage victims of sexual assault to come forward while protecting due process for the accused.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has unveiled its newly-revamped Case Processing Manual. (Find the Manual here.) The procedural changes in the new Manual are critically important for complainants and recipients, including colleges and universities, involved in OCR’s complaint process. The Manual, which takes effect today, will govern how OCR investigates and resolves discrimination complaints going forward.
HMBR is regularly invited to discuss the latest Title IX trends at training, sessions, and workshops with Title IX administrators and higher education leaders. We are often asked: What are the courts doing in student respondent litigation? What steps can we take to lessen our risks in this area?
The website for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), now includes a complete list of all open cases under investigation at OCR. Unlike the widely-cited “Title IX Tracker,” which includes open OCR sexual violence cases at colleges and universities, OCR’s new list includes: all schools and all of the civil rights laws enforced by OCR. This means that the list includes cases open against colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary school districts and that the issues include alleged discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, disability, or age, and under the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.
Interim Title IX Guidance Released: Making Sense of New Interpretations and Ongoing Responsibilities
With Jonathan Helwink On Friday, the Department of Education released a “Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct” along with a letter from Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson withdrawing the Department’s 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence” and the 2014 “Q&A on Title IX and […]
With Jonathan Helwink On September 7th, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered an address regarding the Department’s revised approach to Title IX enforcement. Announcing the goal of “getting it right” on Title IX, DeVos indicated a new phase of Title IX enforcement. Here are six key takeaways from her […]