On International Women’s Day, Biden Announces Plans to Review Trump’s Title IX Changes
International Women’s Day was acknowledged around the world on March 8, and the Biden Administration used the occasion to announce that it would review changes made to Title IX rules under the Trump Administration.
Under the previous administration, then-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos oversaw the dismantling of Obama-era rules on sex discrimination and harassment at institutions subject to Title IX. The intended purpose of the 1972 law is to prevent such forms of discrimination and harassment from occurring at schools and universities that receive federal funding.
Under DeVos, however, regulations were implemented that changed how sexual assault allegations on college campuses were handled. This gave schools more discretion on whether or not to report accusations to the Title IX office. DeVos actively sought to dismantle protections for transgender people that were put in place by the Obama Administration.
The overall goal of Biden’s order is to ensure that the Department of Education’s regulations and policies are consistent with the administration’s stated goal of ensuring all people in an educational setting are free from sex-based discrimination and harassment.