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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.

Hollywood Women Launch Time’s Up to End Sexual Harassment. Here’s Their Plan
January 2, 2018
A group of more than 300 leading women in Hollywood kicked off 2018 by launching an initiative that promises to not only shake up decades of sexual harassment, pay disparity and discrimination in Hollywood, but also help women in all fields who are struggling with the same problems.

How Trump May Inadvertently Advance Transgender Rights
November 30, 2017
Donald Trump’s discriminatory attacks on transgender people have helped define his early presidency. The president has attempted to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces and his administration has rescinded Obama-era guidance confirming that Title IX’s protections for students include protections for transgender students. But Trump’s animus-driven actions are having the opposite effect that he envisioned. In a few different ways, Trump’s actions have inadvertently cemented, rather than weakened, the legal rights protecting transgender people.

How One College Has Set Out to Fix ‘a Culture of Blatant Sexual Harassment’
November 29, 2017
As the #MeToo movement has gathered steam, women have gone public with accusations of sexual misconduct by professors at dozens of colleges. But one institution in particular has faced reproach as a hotbed of abusive behavior. The Berklee College of Music was described in a recent Boston Globe article as having a "a culture of blatant sexual harassment."

Biden, Lady Gaga release sexual assault awareness PSA
October 26, 2017
Lady Gaga and former Vice President Joe Biden are teaming up again to advocate against sexual assault, releasing a PSA as part of the "It's On Us" campaign started by Biden and former President Barack Obama.

Lawsuit challenges DeVos' guidance on campus sexual assault
October 19, 2017
BOSTON — A national women's rights group is challenging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new guidance on investigating campus sexual assault.

Will Fury Over Harvey Weinstein Allegations Change Academe’s Handling of Harassment?
October 13, 2017
For decades he reportedly used his position of power over young women who were eager to enter his profession, preying on them as his colleagues pretended not to notice. The women stayed silent, fearing they wouldn’t be believed or would jeopardize their fledgling careers.

Political, Knee-Jerk Reaction by DeVos on Title IX is Not Cause for Schools to Change Course
September 27, 2017
Last Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unilaterally undermined campus sexual assault and domestic violence survivors as well as professionals dedicated to addressing the epidemic of violence against women on campuses, when she withdrew Title IX guidance issued by the Obama administration in 2011 and 2014. This detailed guidance, that came in the form of a “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) and a “Q&A” document, was replaced with much less detailed “interim” guidance which left more questions than answers.