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University statement regarding new Title IX regulations

May 6, 2020 11:53 a.m.

Princeton University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming educational and working environment for everyone — an environment in which sex or gender discrimination, including sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence, is not tolerated.

Earlier today, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new regulations mandating how Princeton and all other colleges and universities must investigate and adjudicate sexual misconduct cases under Title IX, a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in any federally funded education program or activity. Princeton’s existing Title IX policies comply with the statute and with prior OCR guidance. However, like all educational institutions that receive federal funding, Princeton is required to amend its current policies to implement these new regulations. 

Over the coming weeks, the University will be carefully reviewing the new regulations and determining how to implement the new requirements in a way that best preserves our current system’s fairness, thoroughness, and sensitivity to the needs of all parties and witnesses. We will seek to share implementation plans broadly and to engage and seek input from the University community.  

Michele Minter
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Title IX Coordinator