Sexual assault

With Princeton Title IX agreement, higher standard of proof in sexual assault cases on last legs

Princeton U. did not rush to change the burden of proof in sexual assault investigations, and the Education Department determined that was a violation of Title IX.

Unusual sexual harassment case at Northwestern U. brings out advocates of student indemnification

Unusual sexual harassment lawsuit at Northwestern U., in which a professor is suing a former graduate student who accused him of assault, has sparked debate about student indemnification policies.

Colleges across country adopting affirmative consent sexual assault policies

More than 800 colleges now use "affirmative consent" standard in sexual assault policies, but some worry that the swiftly changing definition could lead to confusion in the dorm room and complications in student conduct hearings.

U. of Wisconsin faces criticism over list of safety tips

UW Madison told students that "if you present yourself as easy prey, then expect to attract some wolves." Many said that advice misses the point when it comes to preventing campus sexual assault.

Both complainants and respondents in sexual assault cases question privacy policies

Privacy is paramount in dealing with sexual assault cases. But is there such a thing as too much privacy?

Should colleges ban fraternities and sororities?

Despite well-publicized moves by a few colleges to curb their Greek systems, at most large institutions and many others, the houses are too central to campus housing, social life and alumni to be seriously threatened.

Wesleyan University orders its fraternities to become coeducational

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Fraternities at Wesleyan University now have three years to become coeducational or they'll be kicked off campus.

Federal scrutiny of campus sexual assaults spills into the states

Federal attention to colleges’ handling of sexual assaults is spilling over to a handful of statehouses, where lawmakers are proposing new legislation to curb incidents and looking to convene best practices. 

Pressure on colleges to deal with sexual assault leads to growing cottage industry

Since the federal government began applying more scrutiny to campus handling of sexual assault, more administrators and students are turning to for-profit consulting firms, prevention programs, and safety products for help.

Some colleges embrace, tepidly, federal scrutiny on campus sexual assaults

Some higher education lobbying groups criticized the McCaskill campus sexual assault legislation as heavy-handed. But some colleges are largely backing the bill. 

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