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The Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment / Title IX Compliance (OEOSH/TC) is the campus office responsible for the University's compliance with federal and state laws and University policies and procedures regarding discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment for students, staff and faculty. OEOSH/TC works to promote and integrate the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination and excellence through diversity on campus.

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  • Gillibrand On Rape Hoaxes: ‘I Hope It’s Just Putting More Of A Spotlight On The Problem’

    Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she hopes recent rape hoaxes will put “more of a spotlight on the problem [of rape].” She was asked if the recent highly publicized hoaxes are “helping or hurting” her advocacy relating to stopping sexual assault on university campuses.

  • Columbia Student Joins The Men Fighting Back in Campus Rape Cases

    The male student at the center of the Columbia University rape controversy claims he has suffered gender discrimination. Other male students are also fighting to clear their names. Columbia University is one of the many schools to be accused of failing to protect the rights of sexual assault victims. This week, it became one of the first to be singled out for failing to protect the rights of the accused.

  • Should Western Kentucky's Women's Swim Team Have Been Suspended?

    Last week Western Kentucky University announced the suspension of its swimming and diving program for five year after a Title IX investigation revealed widespread incidents of hazing, harassment, and sexual assault. The investigation was reportedly prompted by a police report filed by one of the swim team members, alleging numerous examples of criminal and otherwise reprehensible conduct. For example, the complainant reported that another of his male teammates sexually assaulted a female teammate who was unconscious, while others watched. He also reported that one of his male teammates had once placed in a chokehold for as long as he could stand it,…

  • A Personal Perspective on Increasing Support for Victims of Campus Assault

    I am survivor of domestic violence. It has taken me many years to feel comfortable writing that. After finally finding the courage to face that truth, I now find I must face a new truth, a truth that I am still having difficulty coming to grips with, especially given my organization's focus on elevating college students: There is a great divide between how abuse encounters are treated in college vs. post-college. When I finally sought help and found the courage to let someone know what I was going through, I was supported. I was believed.

  • California Considers Nation's First Mandatory Minimums For Campus Rape Punishments

    A California lawmaker has proposed legislation that would push colleges in the state to punish students found responsible for sexual assault with at least a two-year suspension.

  • An Arc of Outrage

    Slowly at first and then in a rush came stories of women who were raped in college. They were violated by men they knew and forsaken by institutions they counted on: two traumas. It was a plague, an epidemic, an outrage. The conversation, now several years in, has been punctuated by the refrain "one in five." That's how many women are said to be sexually assaulted in college, a shocking rate. Campuses look like perilous places, bastions of rape culture where men take advantage of their classmates and get away with it.

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