Department of Education Betrays Sexual Assault Survivors

Education News 05.6,20

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Department of Education’s final rule on Title IX:

“This final rule is an abomination and, if it takes effect, will silence sexual assault survivors and limit their educational opportunity. It is unconscionable to do this as students and institutions grapple with teaching and learning during a public health crisis. Further, the rule is the antithesis of what Title IX was intended to do. Instead of requiring schools to do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence and harassment, the rule would harm students. This is all part of this administration’s ongoing attempts to undermine the civil rights of students. All students deserve an educational environment free from sex discrimination and violence. We will work with our allies to fight this rule and send it to the dustbin.”

Last year, The Leadership Conference and 44 national and local education and civil rights groups wrote to the Department of Education on this rule. Read that letter here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit