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FIRE Responds to White House Task Force’s First Report on Campus Sexual Assault - FIRE
Three months after its creation, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its first report today. Titled “Not Alone” and accompanied by a new website, NotAlone.gov, the report announces new recommended practices for colleges and universities nationwide, including a template for “campus climate surveys,” a model sexual misconduct policy, and a sample confidentiality policy. The report is accompanied by the issuance of a new guidance document regarding Title IX from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Taken together, the Task Force’s recommendations double down on a broken campus judicial system and raise troubling new concerns about the impartiality and fundamental fairness of campus proceedings.