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Title IX lawsuits have skyrocketed in recent years, analysis shows
January 6, 2020
For the last several years, backlash has intensified over guidance the Obama-era Education Department released in 2011 dictating how colleges and universities should adjudicate sexual assault and harassment cases. Critics of the rules claimed they were too slanted against students accused of sexual violence, depriving them of constitutional due process rights. They also argued administrators were pressured to find accused students responsible for sexual misconduct under the threat that not acting to mitigate sexual violence would lead to the federal government pulling institutions' funding.

Bernice Sandler, ‘Godmother of Title IX,’ Dies at 90
January 8, 2019
When Bernice Sandler was a schoolgirl in the 1930s and ’40s, she was annoyed that she was not allowed to do things that boys could do, like be a crossing guard, fill the inkwells or operate the slide projector...Dr. Sandler, who died on Saturday at 90, was known as “the godmother of Title IX.” She was central to its development, passage and implementation.

New U.S. Sexual Misconduct Rules Bolster Rights of Accused and Protect Colleges
August 30, 2018
WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct that would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims.

Judges changing the way universities handle sexual assault investigations
August 27, 2018
A series of federal cases in the Midwest is likely to shift the way universities investigate sexual assault claims on their campuses.

Michigan State Just Agreed to Pay $500 Million to Settle Sexual-Abuse Claims. Where Will It Find the Money?
May 18, 2018
Michigan State University announced on Wednesday that it had reached a settlement agreement with 332 women and girls who were assaulted by Larry Nassar, a former university physician. The terms call for $425 million to be paid to current claimants, with an additional $75 million to be set aside in a trust to pay for future claims. It awaits final approval from the parties involved.

Inside Sexual Harassment's Hidden Toll on Equal Pay
April 11, 2018
For Christa Hayburn, sexual harassment was part of the daily routine as a Philadelphia police officer. From comments about how she looked in uniform from her coworkers to questions about her relationship status, Hayburn said she tried to minimize the uncomfortable day-to-day interactions and instead focus on the career she was passionate about. It wasn’t until her commanding officer sexually assaulted her that everything changed.

A Yale Student Accused Her Classmate of Rape. His Lawyers Asked What She Was Wearing and How Much She Drank
March 9, 2018
How much did she have to drink? Why didn’t she wear a more modest outfit? Why did she and the man she later accused of raping her look “like two lovers” while walking together on campus? These are some of the questions that defense attorneys asked a Yale University student who brought a rape complaint against her classmate.

University presidents would have to review Title IX complaints under Nassar-inspired legislation
February 15, 2018
University presidents would be required to personally review any Title IX sexual abuse complaints involving school employees under federal legislation inspired by former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar.

US science agency will require universities to report sexual harassment
February 8, 2018
Any institution receiving grant monies from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) must now inform the agency if it finds that anyone funded by the grant proposal has committed sexual harassment. The policy will take effect after a 60-day public-comment period ends.

New Student Advisory Board will provide input on sexual violence prevention and response
January 31, 2018
A new 19-member Student Advisory Board has been established to provide input to the university on its ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and sexual harassment.