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Title IX

Proven guidance and training for Title IX investigators.

With a strong Title IX practice, the Husch Blackwell Higher Education team has a deep understanding of the legal and practical issues inherent in proactively addressing potential campus sexual misconduct and related retaliation. We understand the personal side of these issues and are experienced in working with institutional stakeholders on emotionally charged issues interlaced with mental health and trauma related concerns.

Our team provides a range of services related to Title IX compliance, as well as nationally recognized training for higher education institutions. We regularly assist colleges and universities in developing policies and procedures that satisfy current regulatory requirements while still reflecting institutional needs and mission.

Our Title IX services for clients include:

Title IX Compliance Reviews and Policy Work

Our professionals offer comprehensive compliance reviews of institutional policies and procedures, practices and systems. We identify areas of inconsistency with the latest U.S. Department of Education guidance, relevant laws, and emerging case law, and benchmark against industry best practices and cutting-edge trends. Our reviews often include climate assessments based on interviews of key administrators, Title IX team members, staff, faculty, alumni, and students—including student athletes and student government officials.

Title IX Investigations and Litigation

When allegations of sexual misconduct or gender discrimination are made, we draw on extensive investigation experience to support and defend our clients. Furthermore, with shifting regulatory expectations and increasing claimant and respondent complaints, we support institutions in investigations from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. We have successfully negotiated numerous resolution agreements and investigation closures. Likewise, our team’s litigators, trial attorneys, and appellate specialists have significant experience with high-profile litigation involving Title IX claims.

Title IX Training

Our higher education team provides Title IX training customized for coordinators, investigators, advisors, and hearing panel members. Available in-person or in interactive, virtual modules, these trainings focus on the practical, day-to-day realities of Title IX concerns. In addition to individual colleges and universities, team members have presented to the National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys, the Chicagoland Title IX Consortium, the Southeastern Conference Title IX Consortium, the Big 12, and the Big 10 Academic Alliance.

Our upcoming training events are available here.

Title IX Coordinator Desk Reference

As part of our day-to-day support for our clients, we have developed a manual for those overseeing an institution’s response to sexual misconduct and other Title IX/VAWA issues. The manual can be customized to reflect each institution’s procedures and practices and can be used as a practical tool.

Legal Updates | April 07, 2020
Title IX Considerations in the Era of COVID-19
Legal Updates | September 16, 2018
Department of Education Close to Releasing Proposed Title IX Regulations

As several media outlets have reported and is being widely discussed on social media, the Department of Education (ED) appears to be in the final stages of issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Webinar | May 1, 2024
Updates on Title IX Regulations
Webinar | December 12, 2023
Hearing Officer Training - December 12, 2023
Webinar | October 5, 2023
Advanced Title IX and First Amendment
Webinar | September 6, 2023
Informal Resolution Training
Speaking Engagements | June 5, 2023
Speaker, "Title IX and Athletics," MIAA Summer Meetings
Webinar | February 8, 2023
Title IX Informal Resolution Training
Webinar | December 6, 2022
Title IX Compliance for Athletic Programs
Webinar | October 18, 2022
Title IX Hearing Advisors Training
Webinar | August 17, 2021
Informal Resolution Training for Student Misconduct and Title IX Incidents on your Campus

Registration for this training has closed. For additional information, please contact Emily Schumacher.

Webinar | August 13, 2021
[POSTPONED] Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in K-12 Schools: Title IX Compliance and Response to Regulations

This training has been postponed until early 2022. Questions? Contact Morgan Buciumean.

Webinar | March 9, 2021
Title IX Training 2021 - March 9th
Webinar | January 27, 2021
Title IX Training 2021 - January 27th
Webinar | November 24, 2020
Title IX Training for Advisors
Webinar | October 14, 2020
Title IX Training 2020 - October 14th
Webinar | September 11, 2020
Title IX Training 2020 - September 11, 2020
Webinar | September 3, 2020
Title IX Training 2020 - September 3, 2020
Webinar | August 4, 2020
Title IX Training 2020 - August 4, 2020
Webinar | July 23, 2020
Title IX Training 2020 - July 23, 2020
Seminars | July 31 - August 1, 2019
Title IX Workshop - DePaul University
Speaking Engagements | July 31-August 1, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," DePaul University
Speaking Engagements | July 30-31, 2019
Speaker, "Title IX Training," Henderson State University
Seminars | 10/11/2018
Title IX Foundations
October 11, 2018

As institutions build sexual misconduct response teams in the face of shifting regulation and guidance, they must train investigators to respond to complaints while meeting institutional obligations and protecting the rights of all involved.

Seminars | 07/20/2018
Title IX Workshop - July 20, 2018

Your Title IX professionals are invited to join Husch Blackwell’s Higher Education team for a full-day course that goes beyond the basics.

Seminars | June 12, 2018
Title IX Workshop
News Releases | May 02, 2022
Former Univ. of Missouri System General Counsel Joins Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Steve Owens has joined the firm’s Kansas City office as senior counsel in its Higher Education practice group after serving as the general counsel of the University of Missouri System for the past 14 years.

Media Mentions | November 27, 2018
Inside Higher Ed: What the DeVos Title IX Rule Means for Misconduct Off Campus

Colleges are likely to continue investigating off-campus sexual misconduct with implications for classroom environment despite changes advanced in proposed Title IX rule, higher ed lawyers say. 

News Releases | September 15, 2017
The State News: MSU Chooses Firm for Title IX Review