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Lightfoot’s Take on Jurisdiction in Title IX Cases

July 11, 2017

By: Brandon K. Essig

The Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) jurisdiction is broad. If an institution receives federal funds, to include student financial aid and grants, it is subject to Title IX and OCR’s authority. The most public, and typically most troubling, incidents of Title IX violations are alleged incidents of sexual violence. OCR’s jurisdiction in sexual violence cases is not limited to on-campus incidents and can be extended off campus where there is a sufficient “connection with [an institution’s] education programs and activities.” However, OCR’s recent closure of an investigation involving Liberty University demonstrates that not all alleged incidents of off-campus sexual violence with a nexus to the institution fall within OCR’s jurisdiction. Read more.

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