On Tuesday morning, Claiborne Creasy ’17 gave a presentation on the history of Title IX, a section of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972, which states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." In 2001 and 2011, further guidelines were added addressing the handling of sexual assault cases on campuses. Though intended to help schools deal with sexual assault cases swiftly, the guidelines were broad sweeping and took away much of the due process and evidence requirements for the handling of accusations of sexual assault which can have lifetime repercussions for those wrongly accused, both male and female.
Publicity surrounding recent campus sexual assault mishandlings has put schools on the defensive and fearful of media attention, which can lead to imbalance in their handling of them, often erring on the side of caution. Doing so can sometimes have the reverse and detrimental effect, making it difficult for justice to be served. Ms. Creasy discusses the ways amendments can sometimes over-correct a problem created by one law, thus creating yet a new one. The talk, in its entirety, is available in the Featured Content Section of onCampus.
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