Secretary DeVos to Host Title IX Listening Sessions

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced she will convene a diverse group of stakeholders at the Department of Education Thursday, July 13 to discuss the impact of the Department’s Title IX sexual assault guidance on students, families and institutions.

The Secretary and senior Department officials have been engaged in ongoing discussions with students, parents, schools, advocacy groups and experts to learn about their experiences and hear their views of how the Department can best fulfill its obligations to protect students under Title IX.

The Secretary will meet with stakeholders in three 90-minute roundtable discussions. In order to protect the identities of the students in attendance, the Department has excluded their names from the lists below and inserted in place of their names references to the organizations that represent them.

Session One: Survivors of sexual violence

Participants: End Rape on Campus (2 students), National Women’s Law Center (1 student), Girls Inc. (1 student), Liberty Education Forum (1 student), National Center for Transgender Equality (1 student), Rape Abuse Incest National Network (1 student), SurvJustice (1 student), Human Rights Campaign (1 student)

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Session Two: Students who have been falsely accused and disciplined under Title IX

Participants: National Coalition for Men Carolinas (2 students, 2 parents), Families Advocating for Campus Equality (3 students), Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (2 students)

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Session Three: Representatives of educational institutions and subject matter experts

Participants: Dana Scaduto, General Counsel, Dickinson College; Pamela Bernard, General Counsel, Duke University; Jerry Blakemore, General Counsel, University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Kathleen Santora, President Chief Executive Officer, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Terry Hartle, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, American Council on Education; Michelle Johnston, President, University of Rio Grande; Naomi Gittins, Managing Director, National School Boards Association; Phillip Hartley, Vice Chair, National School Boards Association; Kimberly Lau, Warshaw Burstein, LLP; Anne Hedgepeth, Interim Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, American Association of University Women; Deborah Blake, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Ritchie Berger, Board of Regents, American College of Trial Lawyers; Naomi Shatz, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein, LLP; Dianne Harrison, President, California State University; John Jasinski, President, Northwest Missouri State University; Stephen Eck, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities; Steve Sandberg, Deputy GC, Brigham Young University; Patricia Bradley, Title IX Coordinator, Fayetteville State University; Michael Zola, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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The Secretary will provide a readout of the day at a media availability following the conclusion of the third panel discussion at 4:00 p.m. This is open to members of the media credentialed by the U.S. Senate Press Gallery. Please RSVP to by 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017.

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