It now looks as if the U.S. Department of Education, facing an unprecedented deluge of public comments, will not finalize the new version of Title IX by the department’s self-imposed October deadline.

In May, the DOE pushed back finalization of its proposed Title IX rule changes until October after receiving a record number of comments. The potential changes to the federal regulations include strengthened protections for students who experience sexual harassment and assault at school and protection of LGBTQI+ students from discrimination.