The Berkeley Beacon

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Title IX at Emerson: Disputes and Reform: Continuing Coverage


Meager student attendance at Title IX advocate talks

Student turnout continued to be low at the final presentations by candidates for Emerson’s new sexual assault prevention and response advocate.

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Task force members set goals for Title IX review

An internal college task force has begun to evaluate Emerson’s policies on sexual assault response and prevention.

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Low student turnout at advocate presentations

Two of the final four candidates for the sexual assault prevention and response advocate position, Kelly Wilt and Meghan Root, presented to faculty, staff, and students their visions for a state-of-the-art sexual assault training and service system at Emerson.

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Feds look into Title IX complaints

Emerson College is facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding complaints filed by three students that allege the college mishandled their reports of sexual assault.

Assault advocate to be hired by January

Emerson College will hire a sexual assault prevention and response advocate in mid-January, according to Robert Amelio, director of diversity education and human relations. This is a new professional position created this semester in response to student complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights asserting that the school’s handling of sexual assaults violated Title IX, the federal gender equality law.

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Firm to complete external review

A New England professional services firm that focuses on school safety will review the college’s compliance with the federal anti-discrimination law Title IX and the Clery Act, a statute that requires disclosure of campus crimes, according to President M. Lee Pelton. This decision came after three students filed a federal complaint against the college with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last month, claiming Emerson mishandled their sexual assault cases.

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Student comes forward as part of complaint

Sarita Nadkarni, an Emerson junior, revealed on Tuesday she filed a federal complaint against the college with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The document, submitted earlier this month, said the college violated Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, while dealing with students’ sexual assault cases, said Nadkarni.

Faculty letter urges college to investigate alleged failures

During a faculty assembly meeting on Oct. 22, professors collectively put out a statement expressing their concern with recent allegations made public by three students who say the college mishandled their reports of sexual assault. The letter also applauds President M. Lee Pelton for seeking a Sexual Assault Advocate, and asks the college to hold accountable whoever erred in the alleged mishandling of the cases.

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At Town Hall meeting, community discusses sexual assault

On Monday afternoon, the Cutler Majestic Theatre’s ground floor section was nearly filled to its 300-seat capacity as students, faculty, and staff sat before the purple-lit stage.

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Administrators speak on sexual assault policies after complaint

Emerson administrators reviewed current sexual assault policies and expressed their optimism about upcoming changes to the procedure in an exclusive interview with the Beacon Wednesday. This was the first time school officials other than President M. Lee Pelton publicly spoke after students reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, saying the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law.

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Students file federal complaint, say college mishandled sexual assault cases

A group of Emerson students filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week, stating the college’s response to alleged sexual assaults violates Title IX, a federal anti-discrimination law, said sophomore Sarah Tedesco and junior Jillian Doherty, who are currently the only public complainants.

Student group campaigns for stricter responses to sexual assault

In response to a Facebook group and email campaign advocating for sexual assault awareness at Emerson, administrators said they will work to create a dialogue for sexual assault victims and their advocates on campus.