Dear Colleague Letter on Resource Distribution Equity

On October 21, 2014, the Office for Civil Rights through United States Department of Education released a Dear Colleague letter regarding how students have equal access to education resources. In conjunction to President Obama’s larger equity agenda and takes into account the ongoing efforts of states, schools districts, and schools to improve equity.

According to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all students––regardless of race, color, national origin, or zip code––deserve a high quality education that includes resources such as academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, technology and instructional materials, and safe school facilities.

Click on view resource below to read the letter.

Dear Colleague Letter from July 2014: VAWA Amendments to Clery

On July 14, 2014, The U.S. Department of Education released its clarification on “the implementation of changes to the Jeanne Clery Act made through the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)”. The Clery Center offered highlights of areas that will change through the Reauthorization Act. The letter requests a “good faith effort” to:

  1. Implement and organize procedures following an incident of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault,or Stalking
  2. Have Options and Accommodations for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking
  3. It published 2013 Statistics for Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
  4. It suggests Training Using Draft Regulations (Not Statutory Language)

To read the letter, click on view resource below.


Dear Colleague Letter on Retaliation – April 2013

In this Dear Colleague Letter released in April 2013, the Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education wanted to issue a letter with a sole purpose of clarifying the basic principles of retaliation law and describe OCR’s methods of enforcement.



Dear Colleague Letter

The now famous Dear Colleague Letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights on April 4, 2011 is a great starting point for information on higher education institutions’ obligation to prohibit sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX.  A Q&A Guide is also available about the Dear Colleague Letter.

For different downloading options of the letter, click here.


Title IX and Mandatory Reporting: Interpreting “Must Promptly Investigate”

This webinar presented by MSCASA joined with Victim Rights Law Center to present, Title IX and Mandatory Reporting: Interpreting “Must Promptly Investigate,” focused on the Dear Colleague Letter which issued Title IX guidance related to sexual assault. Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Deputy Director of Victim Rights Law Center presented on this topic.  She provided information about the language in the Dear Colleague Letter that addressed investigation and reporting while also discussing confidentiality and maintaining privacy within a multidisciplinary group.

To view the webinar slides click here. To view the recording click here.