Monday, January 16, 2012

Title IX: Sexual Assault on Campus, Advocacy, and the Perils of Reporting

Yikes! Everything is changed.
I am going to spell it out. [tomorrow]

 But first, let's see what people are saying:
includes video from crime victim and excerpt: "...Unsatisfied with the school’s response, Dunn hoped to find an ally in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The office, referred to as OCR, enforces Title IX, a federal law requiring “prompt and equitable“ action in response to reports like Dunn’s. The statute is intended to protect students’ right to an education without the hostility of sexual harassment or assault. But in a decision that left her feeling betrayed again, the enforcement agency said it found “insufficient evidence” that the University of Wisconsin had been less than prompt. ..The university’s explanation for taking nine months was “reasonable” and it took “interim steps” including a no-contact order “to protect and prevent harassment” of Dunn, OCR found. The school ultimately cited a lack of eyewitnesses and the role of alcohol in deciding not to file disciplinary charges against the accused student.

 Rights and regulations

in the beginning:

Confidentiality and advocacy are irrevocably changed.

((New National Guidelines have been implemented here at K-State for responding to reports of rape and all sexual assault. The new guidelines include sexual assault as a severe level of sexual harassment under Title IX Regulations. This means that reports of sexual assault must be investigated by the university to a degree that protects other students from individuals who may pose a threat. Here at K-State, reports of Title IX violations may be made at the K-State Women’s Center in Holton Hall. The Women’s Center works with the Office of Affirmative Action in Anderson Hall to ensure swift, discreet, and equitable action in these criminal complaints. ))
For more information about Title IX and sexual assault complaints, contact the K-State Women’s Center, The Office of Student Life (Holton Hall), or the Office of Affirmative Action.

the document that started the changes:'sresponsibilities.pdf


  1. I suppose it's good that this new policy indicates that people want to take it seriously, but on the other hand some women don't always want to report. Some women just want to get therapy and/or see a psychiatrist and move on with their lives, and honestly for some women and situations, that might be the better option....

  2. Yes i agree. it is a Mixed Bag. So some college women will go off-campus for help... i intend to try to sort it our in writing later this week. thank you for your thoughts

  3. I feel that this policy is also a mixed bag. I believe it's good that this is being taken seriously to try to protect students, but many women also would like to heal without having to proceed in possible investigation, and cope with a horrendous crime that has been inflicted upon them.
    How would student staff and leaders be trained to properly go about informing students of their rights under Title IX?

  4. No idea, probably a good question though.

  5. There are pros and cons to every point. Start reporting this, maybe it will go down.