Dear Carnegie Mellon Community,
As you may know, on Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education replaced two significant guidance documents for schools about preventing and responding to sexual misconduct, issuing a new Dear Colleague Letter and accompanying Q & A. There is no immediate impact to our prevention and response efforts here at Carnegie Mellon University. The Department has announced its intention to develop new policy through a traditional rule making process that responds to public comment.
The University remains dedicated to preventing harassment, discrimination and violence in our community. We remain also committed to providing support, resources and information to individuals in our community who have been impacted by these issues and to providing fair, prompt and thorough investigations and resolution to community members who seek resolution through the University. Carnegie Mellon’s current policies and procedures remain in effect.
Carnegie Mellon University strives to be an environment in which we all can learn, work and fully participate in the life of the community. That full participation depends on a foundation of mutual respect and care for one another, in which we all share responsibility for combatting all forms of gender discrimination (including sexual misconduct and gender identity discrimination).
As the Department of Education moves forward with its announced rulemaking process, affording traditional notice and opportunity for comment, we look forward to working with our peers and the Department of Education to inform the national discussion on these important issues.
Holly Hippensteel and Jamie Edwards
Office of Title IX Initiatives
Carnegie Mellon Says NO MORE to Domestic and Sexual ViolencePresident Jahanian recently participated with other university presidents in the Western Pennsylvania Says No More awareness campaign against sexual misconduct.
The Office of Title IX Initiatives is dedicated to promoting gender equity at Carnegie Mellon University, which includes coordinating the University's efforts to prevent and effectively respond to all forms of gender discrimination (including gender identity discrimination) and sexual misconduct impacting community members, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Read Carnegie Mellon University's Policy Against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault.