Carnegie Mellon University

Dear Members of Carnegie Mellon Community,

On August 12, 2020, Provost Jim Garrett sent out a campus communication regarding the adoption of an Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy to comply with the U.S. Department of Education’s Final Rules for Title IX. This new policy will go into effect August 14, 2020.

Leading up to the release of the Final Regulations, the University pulled together senior leadership from the Provost’s Office, TIX, Student Affairs, Human Resources and General Counsel’s Office to create a Title IX Steering Committee (“TIX Steering Committee”) to review and revise the university’s sexual misconduct policies. The TIX Steering Committee worked closely with outside experts throughout the summer to create a policy that reflects and maintains the values of CMU, while also meeting the new legal standards of the Final Regulations.  As always, the University remains committed to combatting sexual misconduct and to examining and refining our practices and policies for the benefit of all members of our campus community.

A full review and comment period of the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy will take place throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This process will involve multiple opportunities for community members to provide verbal and written feedback before a Final Policy is adopted. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone regarding the new policy, please do not hesitate to contact our Office.