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Avoid Negligence Claims Arising From Sexual Misconduct During Study Abroad

Hillary Pettegrew, Esq.
April 2021

Why Read This

The 2020 Title IX regulations made clear that Title IX doesn’t apply to people outside the United States. But a recent court case should serve as a reminder that students who experience sexual harassment while studying overseas can bring costly claims of negligence against their K-12 school, college, or university.

Strategies to avoid or reduce the impact of these claims include:

  • Ensure policies and procedures forbid sexual harassment overseas.
  • Educate students about safety issues.
  • Teach personnel how to respond to allegations appropriately.

Key Takeaways

  • Title IX no longer protects students during study abroad programs, but institutions can and should forbid sexual harassment overseas under their own policies.
  • In addition to clarifying which polices apply overseas, institutions should educate students about safety in foreign countries.
  • Institutions must train their study abroad personnel and home campus administrators to respond properly to student reports of sexual harassment while abroad.

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