Of the Office for Civil Rights
Fiscal Year 2006
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C. Regulatory and Policy Development
After analyzing almost 6,000 comments, OCR completed work on the amendments to the Title IX regulations, to provide more flexibility in creating single-sex education options at the elementary and secondary level. Both the secretary of education and the Office of Management and Budget approved the final regulations for publication in the Federal Register. They were published in October 2006.
Longstanding legal authority establishes that harassment of students can be a form of sex discrimination covered by Title IX. I want to commend the efforts many of you have made to ensure that all students have a safe and secure educational environment that affords them equal educational opportunities regardless of their sex. ... Preventing and remedying sexual harassment in schools is essential to ensuring a safe environment in which students can learn.
Assistant Secretary Stephanie Monroe
Sexual harassment of students is a serious problem at all levels of education. On Jan. 25, 2006, OCR issued a “Dear Colleague” letter to more than 20,000 local education agencies (LEAs), state education agencies (SEAs) and postsecondary schools. The letter to these recipients reaffirmed the importance of their Title IX responsibilities to take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment when it occurs, to prevent its recurrence and to remedy its effects.