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SB22-207

Prevention Of Title IX Misconduct In Public Schools

Concerning the prevention of Title IX misconduct on public school campuses, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subject:
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

To comply with federal law, the bill requires covered public schools to adopt a Title IX policy pursuant to Title IX of the federal "Education Amendments of 1972". The bill outlines the information that must be included in the Title IX policy, including definitions of forms of misconduct and the procedures for reporting and investigating misconduct under Title IX. The bill requires covered public schools to provide their Title IX policy to the department of education.To comply with federal law, the bill requires covered public schools to designate at least one employee as the Title IX coordinator, who is responsible for coordinating the school's compliance with Title IX, including investigating or adjudicating complaints under the covered public school's Title IX policy.The bill requires covered public schools to promote on their websites awareness and prevention of misconduct, the covered public school's Title IX policy, and the name and contact information of the Title IX coordinator. Covered public schools are required to annually distribute through electronic or other means of communication the covered public school's Title IX policy as part of the covered public school's handbook to parents with students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade and to students enrolled in sixth through twelfth grade.The bill requires covered public schools to provide training for employees, parents, and students on the Title IX policy. The bill outlines the training requirements, which include how to promote awareness and prevention of misconduct, an explanation of the Title IX policy, and an explanation of relevant federal and state law that affect the Title IX policy.The bill creates the rural school district Title IX implementation grant program (grant program). The purpose of the grant program is to award money to rural school districts to assist rural schools with creating, implementing, or updating Title IX policies and procedures to comply with federal and state law. The state board of education shall promulgate rules for the grant program.The bill creates a Title IX regulation study in the department of education (department). The department is required to contract with a third party to conduct the study. The third-party contractor (contractor) is required to consult with the department, a sexual misconduct advisory committee within the department of higher education, a K-12 advocacy organization, and a Colorado student government organization. The contractor is required to study the amendments to the Title IX regulations of the federal "Education Amendments of 1972" (Title IX) issued by the United States department of education's office for civil rights. The study must include an examination of best practices for prevention, notification, training, and responding to sex-based discrimination and harassment in public schools and the gaps between state and federal law regarding Title IX.The bill establishes that if the department contracts with a public university as the contractor, the department shall submit the results of the study on January 31, 2023, to the education committees of the general assembly. If the department contracts with a contractor that is not a public university, the department shall submit the results of the study on March 20, 2023, to the education committees of the general assembly.The bill appropriates $57,850 from the general fund to the department to conduct the study.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

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Passed

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