Law Professor Peter Lake quoted by Education Dive on Title IX litigation

5 college Title IX lawsuits to watch

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
Education Dive
Oct. 29, 2019


Peter Lake
Professor Peter Lake

[Betsy] DeVos’ replacement for the Obama administration’s guidelines is set to drop soon. Though the Ed Department has provided colleges and universities with interim directives for handling sexual violence, many of the Obama-era procedures remain in place on campuses. And hundreds of lawsuits have been filed since 2011 challenging the fairness of institutions’ processes. 

This is a trend that will likely continue, said Peter Lake, director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University. He told Education Dive that “there has been a litigation explosion” on Title IX, the federal law banning sex discrimination, with more novel arguments and theories of liability being attempted. 

A Supreme Court battle on many of these issues is looming, Lake said. And it seems unlikely that the lawsuits will cease any time soon.

This article was originally published on the Education Dive website on Oct. 29, 2019, with the headline, “5 college Title IX lawsuits to watch.”