January 31, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I write to share with you the letter submitted by Amherst College to the U.S. Department of Education yesterday in response to recently proposed changes to the Title IX process.

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights published a new set of proposed Title IX regulations. During the ensuing 60-day public comment period, many institutions of higher education, including Amherst, chose to submit comments. Some of you may have filed your own comments on the proposed changes.

The College is committed to a fair and effective process by which to address sexual harassment and discrimination. We carefully reviewed the proposed regulations. Ultimately, the College supports some of the proposed regulations but has serious concerns about others. 

In addition to the time it will take for the Department of Education to review and respond to comments, there is a possibility of delays caused by legal challenges to the proposed changes. Hence, it may be some time before any new regulations take effect. We will keep you updated on ramifications for our campus community.