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Statement on Title IX Regulation Changes

May 15, 2020

Dear Campus Community,
 
In all work and learning conditions, Grand Valley’s commitment to maintaining a learning environment free from sexual and gender-based discrimination remains steadfast.
 
Last week, the U.S. Department of Education issued its Title IX Final Rule, a set of regulations that restructure how educational institutions that receive federal funding address sexual misconduct. Grand Valley is required to adhere to these regulations, which have the force of law, by August 14, 2020.
 
Since their issuance, we have been carefully reviewing the regulations with special attention to how they impact our current policies and procedures, as well as our compliance with federal and state law. I want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our campus community guide our reviews of the new regulations and will inform any changes made to our policies and procedures.
 
Updates and training are planned to ensure the entire campus community is familiar with any changes. In the meantime, I encourage you to learn more about the university’s Title IX obligations and support at gvsu.edu/titleix, which also provides information on remote operations and guidance on how to report an incident of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation.
 
The new regulations come at a time when the very notion of a campus community is undergoing a change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we quarantine in our respective safe places all over the world, it is not so much the face-to-face interaction and activity that define our campus community as it is our shared investment in the value of a liberal education, and our shared belief in the mission and values of Grand Valley.  Wherever we are now, we are still Lakers.
 
If you have any questions, you may reach us by phone at 616-331-9530 or email at titleix@gvsu.edu. 
 
Very sincerely,

Jesse M. Bernal, Ph.D.
Vice President for Inclusion and Equity
Executive Associate for Presidential Initiatives
 
Theresa Rowland, M.Ed.
Title IX Coordinator & Equity Officer/Director

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