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Dean of Students Comms E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

September 22, 2017

Dear Vanderbilt Students,

As you may have heard, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it is withdrawing previous guidance on sexual misconduct on campus. At the same time, the department released new information about the department’s Title IX enforcement approach during this period while new regulations are being developed.

We understand that many of you may have questions and we want to assure you that Vanderbilt remains fully committed to providing a safe learning environment, including addressing campus sexual assault in a manner that protects the well-being and safety of all students and the campus community as a whole. Today’s announcement does not change this in any way. The interim guidance outlined by the Department of Education today should not stand in the way of our ability to fight the serious problem of campus sexual assault nor do we anticipate changing our approach or policies based on it.

We encourage students needing assistance to continue to contact the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response as a central point from which to access the university’s numerous prevention and support resources, and to report any violation of our policy to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services office.


Susan R. Wente

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Mark Bandas

Associate Provost and Dean of Students

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