Title IX Information
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- Essay: Title IX complaints against the University of California, Berkeley
- In the News: Federal Accountability and Financial Pressure: a Survey of Presidents - Seven of 10 presidents believe that in the wake of recently publicized incidences of sexual assault, higher education institutions must improve how they respond to allegations of sexual assault on campus.
- AAUW in the News: AAUW announces Title IX poster contest winners (March 4, 2014)
- In the News: Northwestern University: Slap on the Wrist? - What constitutes consent continues to be an grey area in all too many places....
- In the News: Of Frats, Rape Culture and #TFM - Why are the sexual assault rates in fraternities so high?
- In the News: Elite College Athletes Face Health Issues Later in Life - Division I athletes are far more likely than the general population or those who were physically active non-athletes in college to have a range of serious health issues later in life.
- In the News: Campus Rape and the Rise of the Academic Industrial Complex - Campus sexual assault is a major safety concern that university administrations have major financial incentives to underreport.
- In the News: Regents scold University of Iowa president Mason for poor communication - Developed Six-Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault
- In the News: Education Department Reaches Title IX Agreement with Indianapolis Public Schools - On Thursday, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Indianapolis Public Schools of Indiana agreed to enforce the school district’s efforts to provide equal athletic opportunities for girls. A Department of Education investigation concluded that the district was in violation of the Title IX Education Amendment of 1972 because its interscholastic athletics program failed to provide girls with an equal opportunity to participate in high school athletics. In order to remedy this violation and comply with Title IX regulations, the district has agreed to provide greater participation opportunities for female athletes and better facilities, equipment, and scheduling for girls' sports.
- In the News: UConn Seeking Dismissal Of Two In Sexual Misconduct Case - A University of Connecticut dean is recommending dismissal of a music professor accused of sexual misconduct and of the former dean accused of ignoring complaints about him for a decade.
- In the News: Northwestern professor sued by student - A Northwestern University student who had recently sued the school has filed a separate lawsuit against a professor for allegedly getting her drunk and making sexual advances two years ago.
- In the News: Sexual Violence Remains Major Problem on College Campuses, WSJ Op-Ed Argues - "Greater public understanding and strengthened prevention efforts must be undertaken in a dedicated and consistent way before young people get to college."
- In the News: Michigan Faces Title IX Inquiry on Complaint Against Athlete - The University of Michigan is under federal investigation for its handling of a rape allegation against a former football player, The Los Angeles Times reported. The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights will examine the university’s Title IX grievance procedures and determine whether Michigan responded appropriately to complaints, reports and incidents of sexual violence.
- In the News: University of Iowa: Does President Sally Mason really 'get it' on campus rapes?
- In the News: Cleary Act: Standards of Evidence - Day 3 Report - The drafting of new campus safety rules under the Clery Act is reigniting some of the debate over what standard of evidence colleges should be required to adopt in campus disciplinary proceedings involving sexual assault.
- In the News: UC-Berkeley Faces New Complaints That It Failed Sexual Assault Survivors - The University of California-Berkeley failed to investigate reports of serial rapists, took months to adjudicate sexual assault cases and dismissed rape threats as a joke, according to two federal complaints filed Wednesday by 31 current and former students.
- In the News: Temple Reinstates 2 Discontinued Sports Teams - Temple University's Board of Trustees voted Monday to reinstate its women's rowing and men's crew teams, after cutting the squads, along with five other sports, in December.
- In the News: Rutgers Boosts Athletic Subsidies to Nearly $50 million - Rutgers University, already the most prolific subsidizer of sports of all Division I public institutions, gave its athletics department nearly $47 million in 2012-13, a 67.9 percent increase over the 2011-12 subsidy of $27.9 million. Rutgers athletics is $79 million in the red.
- In the News: Northwestern responds to student's lawsuit, denies Title IX violations - The student alleges Ludlow sexually assaulted her during a trip the two took to an art show in Chicago in February 2012. An internal investigation by the University concluded Ludlow made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances” toward the student.
- In the News: The Trouble With Virginity - Our limited concept of "losing your virginity" ignores the importance of consent.
- AAUW Live Blog: Making New Campus Sexual Assault Regulations, Day 3 - On Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25, the rulemaking committee will meet again – this time with draft regulations proposed by the Department of Education that will guide how to implement the new law.
- In the News: Female CU-Boulder philosophy colleagues speak out on report - Six women with ties to the department released a joint statement Tuesday that describes the negative impact the report's release has had on male philosophy faculty members and graduate students.
- In the News: Education and awareness keys to preventing sexual assault, Penn State experts say - Find the right education programs and increase awareness of the problem — that’s what some Penn State experts want President Barack Obama’s sexual assault task force to focus on.
- In the News: After Cutting Sports, Temple Under Title IX Investigation - The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights notified Temple it is investigating whether the university is "failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, housing and dining facilities and services, and in the area of athletic financial assistance.
- In the News: Title IX Lawsuit Says Northwestern Botched Complaint Against Professor - A Northwestern University student alleges in a federal lawsuit that campus officials violated Title IX by mishandling her sexual assault complaint against a professor. The student says Northwestern acted with "deliberate indifference and retaliation," after a committee determined the professor should be terminated but administrators failed to fire him. The committee said the professor "engaged in unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances" while the student, now a junior at the university, was incapacitated by alcohol.
- In the News: A Rape Response Gone Wrong - After a student is sexually assaulted during a semester in Costa Rica, the faculty members who assisted her lose their jobs, the study abroad provider shuts its doors, and the student says the wrong people have been punished. What happened?
- In the News: California bill would set ‘affirmative consent’ standard for campus sexual assault investigations - Although some colleges have begun to adopt this definition, it represents a shift from the more common “ ‘no’ means ‘no’ ” principle of sexual assault, in which someone must express a lack of consent. Prosecutors in a criminal case usually have to show that the accuser did not or was unable to give consent.
- In the News: University of Virginia dialogue day 2: Classrooms, Courts or Neither? - Students, administrators and lawyers argue over whether and how colleges should adjudicate campus assault cases at U. of Virginia conference on sexual misconduct.
- In the News: Colleges Are Reminded of Federal Eye on Handling of Sexual-Assault Cases - The U.S. Education Department's chief enforcer of civil-rights laws said on Monday that her office would be working “faster and better” to make sure colleges abide by federal law in their handling of campus sexual assaults.
- In the News: Straight Talk on Sexual Violence - Day one of the two-day conference was, as promised, a "dialogue." Where conversations like these are often one-way or glossed over, presidents, students and even the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights' head honcho spoke reasonably candidly about the extent of the problems and the colleges' response.
- In the News: Response: WSJ Editor: Intoxicated Sexual Assault Victims Are Just As Guilty As Their Attackers - But no matter how many times he uses the WSJ to blame victims and push sexist attacks, his concern that women take advantage of using alcohol to falsely accuse men of assault just doesn't match the facts. According to the FBI, people falsely report sexual assault at the same low rate as other comparable crimes: only 3 percent of the time.
- In the News: NYS Senate committee approves Erin Merryn's Law - Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse, has been working with state legislatures around the country to implement sexual abuse curricula in schools in the hopes that children learn how to identify when they are being harassed or assaulted. New York's Senate Education Committee moved the bill to the floor of the Senate.
- In the News: Tackling Sexual Assault On College Campuses - AAUW Government Relations Manager Anne Hedgepeth discussed AAUW’s commitment to preventing campus sexual assault on NPR (Kansas City Public Media). Hedgepeth discussed the importance of the White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault included in the updated Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- In the News: UConn to Add Recources to Deal With Sexual Violence - University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst announced Friday that she is making several institutional changes to better address sexual violence on campus, two months after the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights announced it would investigate a Title IX complaint from students alleging the university isn't doing enough.
- In the News: Ending rape on campus: Activism takes several forms - At colleges around the country, students and activists are challenging the handling of sexual assaults
- In the News: Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault - Men as well as women are being called upon to make it work. While the public discussion on sexual violence has primarily focused on the physical and emotional damage done to women, it is also true that getting arrested for sexual assault can mark a young man for life.
- In the News: Maine: What schools can learn from Harrington’s sex assault case -
Schools can consider certain conduct as sexual violence under Title IX even if police do not have enough evidence of a criminal violation. They have more leeway to remedy the situation.
- In the News: Study Weighs Academic Effects of Sports, Early Sex, Bullying on Teenagers - Teenagers who participate in team sports tend to do better in school. But school performance does not necessarily decline when adolescents engage in early sex, experience bullying, watch TV or spend time online. The impact of all of these health-related behaviors is often mediated by the very forces that drive teens to engage in them in the first place—namely—their friends.
- In the News: Athlete's Expulsion Overruled - Iowa State University officials' fight to keep a former basketball player off the court has stalled, after the State Supreme Court declined to intervene in a case that's now sitting in district court.
- In the News: Collegiate Women’s Bowling Gains in Popularity - Sixty N.C.A.A. universities sponsored varsity bowling teams last season, up from 42 in 2003, the first year bowling was a championship sport. And 570 women bowled in the N.C.A.A. last season, the highest figure ever.
- In the News: Philosophy of Sexism? - The University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday announced that it was changing the leadership of its philosophy department and requiring mandatory training for all faculty in an effort to change a culture that is hostile to women.
- In the News: 5 Important Facts You Need To Know To Understand The College Sexual Assault Crisis - In order to figure out how to tackle the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses, it's important to consider the context about what we already know about rape in this country. Here are five critical facts in the White House Council on Women and Girls' new report on sexual assault.
- In the News: Swarthmore Releases Report on Sexual Assault Issues - Swarthmore College plans to expand trainings and consent workshops, finalize its interim sexual assault and harassment policies, and establish more comprehensive and integrative prevention and education programs in accordance with the final report from an independent firm commissioned to review the college's response to sexual harassment.
- In the News: Federal Report Calls For Better Tracking of Sex Abuse in Schools - While the breadth of the problem is unclear, the Government Accountability Office noted there have been numerous media reports of such cases and referenced a 2004 Education Department report that estimated nearly 10 percent of students are victims of sexual abuse by school personnel sometime during their school career.
- Clarkson University's Title IX Resource Page
- In the News: High School Sports Participation Reaches Record High... Again - Girls' participation in high school sports also reached a new all-time high in 2012-13, with an additional 15,190 female student-athletes from the year before. A total of 3,222,723 female student-athletes participated in high school sports during the 2012-13 school year, the NFHS found.
- Just to put these numbers in perspective, the number of girls playing today is still one-half million under the number of boys who played sports in 1972, the year Title IX was signed into law! There were 3.7 million boys participating in interscholastic athletics in 1972.
- Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project Released
- New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
- New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
- Local Title IX Symposium with Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! and a panel of local experts.
Schools Must Include Students with Disabilities in School Sports
The Department of Education announced new guidance that says students with disabilities must be given the opportunity to participate in traditional school sports. The department says schools must make "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities who want to join traditional teams, or create a parallel athletic program for students with disabilities if the necessary adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give an advantage to the students with disabilities. Advocates have praised the decision and compared it to Title IX, which is largely credited with expanding athletic opportunities for women.
AAUW is committed to ensuring adequate, equitable and quality educational opportunities for all students.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 2, 2013.
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NEW: Five Tips for Title IX Coordinators
Do you work with Title IX issues, or are you interested in learning more about Title IX? Title IX, which was adopted in 1972, is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This includes not only athletics, but also harassment and bullying, access to career and technical education programs, and treatment of pregnant and parenting students. Higher Ed Jobs has released a list of best practices for Title IX coordinators, who are charged with ensuring that the law is followed at their schools.
AAUW strongly supports Title IX and opposes any efforts that would weaken its effectiveness or undermine its enforcement. AAUW has many resources to learn more about Title IX, including our Know the Score athletics evaluation and a major report on Title IX released by a AAUW-chaired coalition.
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Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project Released
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund collaborated with the nonprofit Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation to provide AAUW members with the tools you need to find out if your local high schools are Title IX compliant-and what you can do if they are not. The tools, including a Program in a Box, are available on a new page on the AAUW website.
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New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
The Women's Sports Foundation has posted to their website Step-by-Step: A Practical Guide To Assess and Achieve Gender Equity in School Sports. Title IX's impact on women's athletic participation is one of the country's greatest success stories. It has changed the playing field dramatically for girls and women in sports. However, full equality of opportunity has not been achieved. The Women's Sports Foundation created this guide to help parents, students and coaches understand how to become advocates for change.
AAUW firmly believes that expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women must continue at both the high school and college levels. AAUW "advocates vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education." Learn more about AAUW's position on Title IX and equity in school athletics. Leave your comments about Title IX on AAUW Dialog, and watch for future Action Network alerts on legislation advocating for increased enforcement of Title IX's protections.
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New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
Created by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2001 to prevent young girls from falling into a sedentary lifestyle, GoGirlGo! offers at-risk girls a fun, interactive program to keep them on the track to success and deter them from the high-risk behaviors that can accompany inactivity including obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, tobacco use, drug use, teenage pregnancy and depression. The GoGirlGo! curriculum is available at no cost through the Women’s Sports Foundation. For more information on GoGirlGo! and to order kits for a classroom or community organization supporting girls, log onto www.GoGirlGo.com or call 800-227-3988.
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