Date of Award

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Public Policy & Law

First Advisor

Adrienne Fulco

Second Advisor

Rachel Moskowitz


This thesis examines the impact of the Title IX proposed new guidance that Secretary of Education under President Trump, Betsy DeVos, released in November 2018 as well as institutional administrator’s responses regarding how these proposed changes will impact their students and their ability to do their jobs. Ultimately, the answers to these questions are used to evaluate the level to which institutional administrators are committed to the Obama-era guidance in light of the new proposed guidance. In order to assess these questions, this thesis utilizes an IRB-approved survey about the proposed change in definition of sexual harassment, change in an institutions’ off-campus responsibilities, change in definition of an institution having actual knowledge of an incident and change in standard of evidence sent to Title IX Coordinators/Deputy Title IX Coordinators, VPs/Deans of Students/Campus Life and Directors of Women/Gender/Equity centers at 28 colleges and universities in the northeast. The results indicate that, overall, institutional administrators are committed to the Obama-era guidance and that there may be relationships between job title/position and gender identification and the degree to which institutional administrators agree or disagree with these components of the proposed new guidance.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford, CT for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Law.