The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Title IX at Emerson: Disputes and Reform: Continuing Coverage


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Demonstration planned for Picture Yourself day

When dozens of prospective students and their families visit campus April 10 for Picture Yourself at Emerson, an all-day event for accepted students to learn more about the school, they may learn more than they bargained for.

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Court to decide whether lawsuit should be dismissed

Jillian Doherty filed suit in September; Emerson is seeking to dismiss the case. The judge, after hearing arguments on Tuesday, said his determination will come in the following weeks.

Emerson denies allegations, liability in second lawsuit

Emerson College and six administrators deny many allegations outlined in a lawsuit filed by a former student and say they are not legally liable for what the plaintiff considers a mishandling of her rape case, according to court documents.

Outcome unclear for two sexual assault lawsuits

The legal questions that the two lawsuits against Emerson raise, legal experts said, require stringent evidence to establish liability, and represent actively evolving fields of law.

College requests more time to respond to second lawsuit

Lawyers for Emerson College and six administrators have asked for additional time to answer a second lawsuit filed by a student who alleges the school mishandled her rape case.

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New interim Title IX coordinator appointed

Emerson recently announced Betsy Facher Rauch would be its interim Title IX coordinator, starting on March 1, while the search for a full-time coordinator continues.

Search for Title IX Coordinator continues

Emerson has never had a full-time, dedicated coordinator for the federal gender equity law Title IX, but is conducting an ongoing search that the administration predicts will soon come to a close, according to Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Sylvia Spears.

Second lawsuit accuses Emerson of mishandling rape case

Emerson is facing a second lawsuit alleging it mishandled a student’s sexual assault case; six administrators are accused of failing to respond "promptly and appropriately" and violating a federal gender equity law.

Reply further argues legitimacy of sexual assault lawsuit

The lawyer for a former student suing Emerson and four administrators for mishandling her sexual assault case provided further reasoning against dismissing the lawsuit in a Nov. 21 filing.

College further argues for lawsuit dismissal

Lawyers for Emerson College and four administrators named in a civil lawsuit restated their arguments against the validity of the plaintiff’s case in a Nov. 10 filing.

Violence Prevention and Response visits SGA

President Emily Solomon asked Matson to meet with SGA after members of the association expressed their interest in meeting with her at the beginning of the semester.

Clery Act reporting policies changed

The United States Department of Education published a set of amendments to the Jeanne Clery Act last month that require stricter policies for reporting stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence.

Former student opposes motion to dismiss lawsuit

The lawyer representing a former student suing Emerson for mishandling her rape case has filed an opposition to the school’s motion to dismiss her lawsuit, according to court documents submitted Oct. 24.

Former student requests more time to refute lawsuit dismissal

A former student has requested more time to file an opposing response to Emerson’s motion to dismiss her lawsuit.

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College hires sexual assault survivor advocate

Emerson has hired a survivor advocate as a resource for victims of sexual and dating violence. Greta Spoering, the Violence Prevention and Response center’s new hire, specializes in assisting those who have experienced interpersonal violence.