Samantha Harris

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct on Campus

A Discussion with Samantha Harris
Nov 11, 2020, 4:30 PM
Free and open to the public

This talk will cover the history of Title IX, the changes to its enforcement under the Obama and Trump administrations, and will discuss how colleges can protect students from discrimination without compromising free speech and due process rights.

Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded educational institutions, has led colleges and universities to set up parallel justice systems that adjudicate claims of some of society’s most serious crimes — but often without any of the procedural protections normally afforded to people facing such serious accusations. This past May, the Department of Education implemented new Title IX regulations that provide many important procedural protections, but opponents of these regulations are already attacking them both in court and on campus.

Samantha Harris is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and is of counsel to the firm of Mudrick & Zucker, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of campus discipline, Title IX, and free speech. For more than 15 years, she has advised students, faculty, administrators, and attorneys on issues of free speech and due process on campus. She lectures regularly about students' rights at campuses and conferences around the country, including at the Judicial Conferences of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Ms. Harris has been published in Inside Higher Ed, the New York Daily News, Reason, The Washington Post, Vox, and other publications, and has represented FIRE on ESPN, Fox News, NPR, and more. Ms. Harris received her undergraduate degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1999, and went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2002. She completed a judicial clerkship with the late Judge Jay C. Waldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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