At the close of the public comment period for the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations, more than 235,000 comments had been received on the latest round of changes to the way educational institutions respond to discrimination based on sex.

Observers have said that the latest round of sweeping proposed changes to Title IX could put universities in the crosshairs of litigation by college and university students accused of sexual misconduct. June 23, 2022, marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a federal civil rights law prohibiting sex-based discrimination at any educational institution receiving federal funding.