Kevin Carmody, director of the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX coordinator, said proposed U.S. Department of Education changes to Title IX regulations may bring more flexibility for institutions but any implementation will be years away.
The proposed changes are wide ranging and include protecting LGBTQIA+ students from discrimination based on sexual orientation, improving the adaptability of the regulations' grievance procedure and requiring protections for pregnant students and parenting students.
Carmody said the 60-day public comment period will end in late August, then the Department of Education will review and respond to comments, a process that will likely take two years.
"The biggest thing to know is that this is a fairly long process, at least one to two years before seeing any changes in effect," Carmody said. "We will be under the 2020 regulations for this academic year and likely the next year."