“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC was founded by Jules C. Irvin-Rooney in 2014. It is an affiliate of The Irvin Law Firm.
Jules Irvin-Rooney has worked on women’s rights issues since she was in college in 1999. She has known about sexual assault and harassment in schools since she was in high school. She holds a strong belief of equality and of fair treatment and that belief has dominated her philosophy in throughout her life. After working as a teacher and a community college professor, then attending law school, Jules was perplexed with how many women and men she knew who had encountered sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime—especially while in school. Each and every story resonated with Jules, as she too, is a survivor.
Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC strives to empower survivors, activists, institutions, and community members (law enforcement officers, non-profits, prosecutors) to fully address sexual violence in the community.
The goal is not to empower and support these groups and individuals through merely focusing on the minimum guidelines provided by Title IX law and the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights’ “guidance” letters, yet the goal at Title IX and Clery Act Consulting is to empower each individual, institution, or group with the “best practices.”
Whether we are addressing the effectiveness of “bystander intervention training,” comparing and understanding the correlation between bullying and sexual assault and harassment, or discussing the laws and application of the laws through hypotheticals the goals are always the same: to prevent further sexual assault and harassment from transpiring, to support survivors, and to understand the due process rights of all who are involved.
Here, survivors are assisted in filing federal civil rights complaints. Activists from K-12 and post-secondary schools are given feedback, support, resources, media responses, and personal consultations to help them achieve their goals as these groups are vital in changing the sexual violence culture.
Additionally, institutions are supported with the goal of discussing “best practices” in policies. Institutions are guided in how to implement a pro-active curriculum for students, faculty, and staff; how to be more transparent in the policies and work that goes into combatting sexual assault at K-12 and post-secondary schools; and how to strengthen ties with other resources in the community like law enforcement agencies, health centers, domestic violence shelters, and other key players in making our society and our schools safer.
Finally, while Title IX and Clery Act Consulting, LLC cannot eradicate sexual violence from happening in K-12 and post-secondary schools, we can help.
What brings us hope is that change is desired. What drives us is making sure all stakeholders in schools – students, teachers, professors, administrators, and community members – understand the laws, help chip away at the stigma of talking about campus sexual assaults and harassment, and realize that strong dialogue, strong policies, and strong leaders can help create positive change.