After receiving more than 240,000 comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking on Title IX the U.S. Department of Education has pushed back finalization of the rules to October 2023—those proposed rules include strengthened protections for students who experience sexual harassment and assault at school and would protect LGBTQI+ students from discrimination.

The Department of Education called their latest round of amendments to the federal regulations “historic.” The proposed changes were released last June, 50 years after the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 originally took effect. In April 2023, the department proposed another set of changes to Title IX athletics regulations, which received 150,000 comments. Those rules also are anticipated to be finalized in October.