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The Department of Education recently released a set of proposed changes to Title IX that will specifically address the way that college campuses should handle cases of sexual assault and harassment. The proposed set of new rules must now undergo a public comment period until January 28, 2019, before the Department’s proposed regulations become legally binding. This public comment period is an important opportunity for you to influence a set of policies that will directly impact the lives of thousands of women on college campuses across the country for years to come.

This #TakeActionTuesday, visit www.regulations.gov and submit a public comment in response to the proposed changes to Title IX. Here are some tips for writing a strong public comment:

  • Highlight Your Personal Expertise. Offer some context to who you are, and why you care about the proposed changes. Your comment will become part of a public record, so avoid offering any information that you want to remain confidential. The Department is only legally obligated to take “substantive” comments into consideration. To ensure that your comment is considered, make an original argument, present data to backup your claims, and even offer an alternative solution.
  • Find Aligned Organizations. Visit the websites of relevant advocacy organizations that share your view on the proposed changes, and check out their informational resources before writing your comment.
  • Learn More. To learn more about public comments and the rulemaking process formally known as “notice-and-comment,” check out this link.

Let us know how you are participating in the Department of Education’s Title IX public comment period at info@aitogether.org!