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AAU joined a community statement highlighting the importance of open academic inquiry and debate on campus to guaranteeing a thriving democracy.
AAU and its member institutions are dedicated to supporting an environment in which students, staff, and faculty can fully participate in the campus community, while free from gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, and other sexual misconduct, and where the institution does not tolerate retaliation for reporting such misconduct or participating in the process to address it. These principles address sexual misconduct in all forms, including sexual and gender-based harassment and related retaliation.
AAU joined ACHA, ACE, and 26 other higher education associations in issuing a joint statement about state restrictions that have prevented colleges from deploying evidence-based public health measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
AAU submitted comments in response to a notice put out by the Department of Education in April of this year, regarding plans to review amendments made to Title IX by the last administration.
AAU joined ACE, APLU, and 27 other higher education associations on a letter to Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Director of Division of Policy and Program Development Tina Williams to urge the office to withdraw Executive Order 13950 on “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.”
The campuses of America’s leading research universities are places where students, faculty, staff, and outside speakers practice the free exchange of ideas every day. Schools have a responsibility to foster both free speech and an inclusive and engaging environment free from harassment and violence.
AAU joined ACE and 70 other higher education organizations to submit an amicus brief in a similar lawsuit filed by the National Women’s Law Center in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. A hearing for the case is set for September 2.
AAU joined 24 other organizations to submit amicus briefs to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and to the federal district court in New York in support of a motion filed by attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia that asked the court to delay the August 14 effective date for the Education Department’s new Title IX regulations.
AAU joined ACE and 13 other organizations on a letter to the Education Department urging them to delay the implementation of the recently published Title IX rule, “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance.”
AAU, ACE, and 31 other education organizations sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the department to wait until campuses have resumed normal operations to pursue further action on its proposed rulemaking on Title IX and its HEA Section 117 foreign gifts and contracts information collection request.