Understanding the 2024 Title IX Final Rule: What You Need to Know

A brief overview of the forthcoming new Title IX regulations

4/23/20243 min read

The U.S. Department of Education has recently unveiled its 2024 Title IX Final Rule, marking a significant update in the ongoing effort to ensure an educational environment free from sex discrimination. Here’s what students and parents need to know about these crucial changes.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. For over fifty years, it has been a key legal standard in American education, helping to open doors for women and girls and addressing issues from sexual harassment to athletic equity.

New Regulations Overview

The current regulations went into effect in 2021 and have been what colleges and universities have been following. The new 2024 updates come after extensive consultations, including over 240,000 public comments reviewed by the Department of Education. These new regulations keep some of the 2021 regulations, modify others, and make some other significant additions.

Key Changes in the 2024 Final Rule

Enhanced Protections from Harassment: The rule broadens the definition of what constitutes sex-based harassment, including sexual violence and other unwelcome sex-based conduct, ensuring comprehensive protections.

Live hearings: Live hearings are no longer required, but are still permitted. Regardless, colleges and universities must provide for a way for an investigator or hearing officer to determine credibility when it is at issue in the case.

Protection for Pregnant Students and Employees: Schools must now provide reasonable modifications for students and employees based on pregnancy or related conditions, and ensure access to clean, private lactation spaces.

Non-Discrimination on Basis of LGBTQI+ Identity: The new rule also extends protections to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.

Expanded Scope of Title IX Protections

The 2024 Title IX Final Rule significantly expands the scope of protections to more comprehensively address sex discrimination in educational settings. This expansion includes a more inclusive definition of sex-based harassment and explicitly extends protections to prevent discrimination based on sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or related conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Live Hearings: An Optional Measure

One notable flexibility in the new regulations is the approach to live hearings. While live hearings can be a critical aspect of the grievance process, particularly in postsecondary institutions, they are not mandated under the 2024 Title IX Final Rule. This change allows schools to choose whether to conduct live hearings, based on their individual policies and the specific circumstances of each case.

Implications for Students and Parents

These updates mean that students and parents can expect more discretion and lack of uniformity across educational institutions in handling sex discrimination cases. Schools have until August 1st, 2024 to determine how they will chose to implement these changes.

Need Help Navigating the New Title IX Regulations?

As these new regulations take effect, it’s more important than ever to understand your rights and the protections available to you under Title IX. If you or someone you know is facing a Title IX investigation, don’t navigate this complex landscape alone. Whether you are a complainant or a respondent, I can help. Contact me for guidance and support in addressing your Title IX concerns.


The 2024 Title IX Final Rule introduces significant changes, offering Auburn University and other schools and colleges considerable discretion and flexibility in how they implement protections against sex discrimination. This variability means that the landscape of Title IX is becoming more complex, with substantial shifts that could affect your or your child’s educational experience. As these changes unfold, understanding your rights and the procedures that govern your education environment is crucial.

In the coming weeks, I will be providing additional blog posts that delve deeper into the specifics of these changes, helping you understand each element and what it means for you. Stay tuned to ensure you're fully informed.

Don’t wait to find out how these changes might impact you. Reach out now for expert advice and support throughout the Title IX process. Remember, advisors are permitted at every step in a Title IX case, and having an experienced advisor can be pivotal in navigating this evolving landscape effectively. Contact me today to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are fully prepared to handle any Title IX issues that arise.