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AAUW members deliver Title IX handbooks to schools

AAUW members from the Fargo-Moorhead, Wahpeton, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Jamestown and Dickinson branches joined forces to contact local schools to gather contact information on Title IX coordinators in every school across the state.

According to Debbie Alber, AAUW North Dakota state president, every school should have at least one employee who is responsible for coordinating the school’s compliance with Title IX. Through their contacts AAUW members learned that not all schools had a designated Title IX coordinator. The members are working with those schools to educate them about their responsibilities under the Title IX law.

AAUW members were successful in gathering information from 378 schools from across the state. This month AAUW members then electronically delivered new Title IX Coordinator Handbooks to each of the coordinators. The handbooks were recently released by the U.S. Department of Education to help coordinators understand the scope of their jobs.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels. Public awareness of the broad scope of Title IX issues is finally receiving attention. The law applies to recruitment and admissions; counseling; financial aid; sexual harassment, including sexual violence; pregnant and parenting students; school discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Title IX coordinators now have a resource guide to assist educating their communities about all of Title IX’s scope.

AAUW said Title IX complaints are up, and so is the stress on Title IX coordinators to be independent. From 2009 to 2012, the Office for Civil Rights received nearly 3,000 Title IX-related complaints, more than ever before in a similar period. This guidance gives Title IX coordinators leverage to use in their communities to implement important notices, grievance procedures and accountability measures that are required under the law.

For more information about AAUW North Dakota, visit http://aauw-nd.aauw.net.

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