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The Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that provides new guidance to higher-education institutions on complying with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments  to the Civil Rights Act. Nearly any higher-education institution—private or public—that fails to comply with the letter could lose federal funds—and increase its risk of liability claims from victims as well as alleged perpetrators.

Constance Neary, vice president of risk management at United Educators Insurance, a risk-retention group for private and public schools, discusses the risk management implications of the letter for colleges and universities.

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