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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Title IX at Emerson: Disputes and Reform: Continuing Coverage


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Title IX office silent amid policy review

With two policy reviews pending, recent federal action from the U.S. Education Department, two possibly concluding lawsuits against the college, and heavy criticism from a former student, much of the future of Title IX at Emerson is unclear.

An exercise in broken trust

Emerson’s repeated claims to have zero-tolerance for sexual assault and discrimination, but reparations to its own policy addressing these exact problems continue to be pushed aside.

Emerson put my sexual assaulter before me

Emerson College administrators seem to think that what I went through was not painful enough. Maybe if he left marks around my neck when he had me in a headlock, or maybe if someone saw it happen, they would have acted differently.

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New Title IX Investigator to bring professionalism

Emerson’s new full-time Title IX Investigator Pamela Ring said she is excited to work with students who are interested in issues of gender equality.

Request to dismiss Title IX case denied by court

On Friday, a federal judge denied Emerson’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Jillian Doherty, a former student who alleges the college mishandled her rape case.

New Title IX Coordinator plans to advance current policies

Pamela White, the college’s new associate vice president for Title IX and Clery Act Coordinator, plans to support existing policies, not to make changes to the school’s procedures right away.

College to begin search for full-time Title IX Investigator

Emerson is looking to hire the college’s first full-time Title IX Investigator, who will act as a third-party investigator for cases of interpersonal violence.

College continues to request dismissal of Title IX lawsuit

The college continues to request the dismissal of an amended complaint in a lawsuit filed by a former student Jillian Doherty, who alleges Emerson mishandled her rape case. The college filed its reply brief, a document in support of the motion to dismiss the lawsuit, on Aug 31.

Pelton removed as defendant from student Title IX lawsuit

After a hearing on July 8, the federal court decided the lawsuit filed by a former student who alleges the college mishandled her rape case will continue to trial.

Former student defends claim of mishandled rape case following college’s request to dismiss lawsuit

A former student, who is suing Emerson for what she alleges was a mishandling of her rape case, is maintaining her claims in response to the college’s request that the court dismiss her lawsuit.

College responds to Dateline episode featuring former students

In an email to the Emerson community, President M. Lee Pelton responded to the NBC Dateline episode on campus sexual assault that featured the stories of two former Emerson students.

NBC's Dateline features former students in episode on sexual assault

Two former Emerson students will be featured on an episode of NBC’s Dateline regarding sexual assault on college campuses.

After dismissal, former student resubmits Title IX complaint

A former student who sued Emerson for mishandling her rape case filed an amended complaint to her lawsuit on May 27.

Court dismisses lawsuit alleging Emerson mishandled rape case

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Emerson filed by Jillian Doherty, a former student who alleges the college mishandled her rape case, and gave her until May 28 to refile her complaint.

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Event for prospective students marked by protest

As prospective students explored the college’s campus on April 10, they walked past current and former Emerson students advocating for education, transparency, and accountability regarding sexual assault on campus.