Monday, September, 25th, 2017 Speeches and Messages
President Anthony P. Monaco released the following statement on September 25, 2017:
Tufts University is deeply committed to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct in our community. Over the years, we have made significant efforts to educate our community members about their rights and responsibilities under the university’s policy that prohibits sexual misconduct of any kind. We have also created a professional process that investigates complaints of sexual misconduct in a comprehensive manner with respect for the due process rights of the parties.
On Friday, September 22, 2017, the Department of Education rescinded its 2011 and 2014 guidance on sexual misconduct, and announced that it will be initiating a formal rulemaking process in the near future towards the implementation of regulations under Title IX. The department also issued new interim guidance in the form of a question and answer document.
We want to assure our community that we remain strongly committed to continuing with our policies, procedures, and practices under Title IX. Our current assessment of the implications for Tufts due to this recent Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance can be found below.
Various offices at Tufts, including the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and the Center for Awareness Resources and Education (CARE), among others, will continue to provide resources, support, interim measures, and education to support Tufts community members affected by sexual misconduct.
We have worked diligently to address sexual misconduct at Tufts and we remain committed to enforcing our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of our students and all members of our community.
Impact of U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Guidance on Tufts’ Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures