UCLA Failed to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says

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Already one of 106 colleges and universities under investigation by the federal Department of Education for possible violations of Title IX, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) now faces a Title IX lawsuit by two graduate students. On June 11, Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow filed the suit and demand for jury trial […]

“Yes Means Yes” Could Expand to California’s High Schools

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Recent years have seen a lot of national attention paid to the campus rape epidemic—something young women have had to contend with for decades. Activists like Emma Sulkowicz, Andrea Pino and Wagatwe Wanjuki have effectively mobilized at their universities to raise awareness of the administrative shortcomings that allow rape culture on campuses to flourish. Even […]

UNC Misses Opportunity to Honor Zora Neale Hurston

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As a feminist and student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I am writing with a bitter taste in my mouth. I’ve spent months watching many friends, community members and inspirational student activists organize a movement to surmount institutionalized racism at our university by renaming a historical building—currently named after a chief Ku Klux […]

In Wake of Friend’s Death, Feminist Students File Title IX Complaint

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On Thursday morning, members of the University of Mary Washington campus group Feminists United—along with the Feminist Majority Foundation—filed a Title IX complaint charging university administrators with failing to protect students from a “sexually hostile school environment.” The students had endured months of sexual harassment in person and online through an anonymous social app called […]

25 Years Ago: When Mills College Students Rallied to Keep It a Woman’s Institution

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Twenty-five years ago, on May 3, 1990, I stood with my classmates on the grassy meadow we walked through every day to get to class, waiting to hear the fate of our college. I was a freshman. Many of us were weary from the late-night meetings, phone calls and final attempts to persuade board members to vote […]

Why Are University Presidents Leaving Campus Rape Survivors Out in the Cold?

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College administrators have known about the campus rape problem for three decades, and they have been mandated to address it for two decades. So why has so little been done? One major factor among many is failed leadership at the top of the academy. Karen Barrett first documented the campus rape problem in her 1982 […]

Enough Is Enough: Schools Must Take Rape Survivors Seriously

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Of all the things I was expecting from UC Berkeley’s national conference on sexual violence last week, hearing a law professor compare sexual assault survivors to lynch mobs was not one of them. “Twenty-five percent of the lynching occurred based upon accusations of rape,” said Michael O’Connor of the University of La Verne College of […]

Sweeping Campus Rape Reports Under the Rug

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There’s new evidence to suggest that college administrations are actively—and artificially—keeping campus rape numbers low. A study from the University of Kansas, published recently in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, found that when post-secondary schools are being audited for Clery Act violations—i.e. failure to report to the federal government the number of sexual assaults taking place […]

#BlackGirlsMatter: When Girls of Color Are Policed Out of School

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Last year, 12-year-old Mikia Hutchings was faced with expulsion from her Georgia middle school and possible felony charges by the local sheriff’s department. Her crime: writing the word “hi” on a locker room wall. Her white friend graffiti’d even more words on the wall, yet the school handled their punishments quite differently. Mikia’s friend paid […]

America’s $1.3 Trillion Problem

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President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college education, and the broader discussion which it has inspired, confirms our belief that it is time for a comprehensive solution to a $1.3 trillion problem: student debt in the United States. We strongly support the concept of tuition-free public higher education, and are encouraged by renewed arguments in its […]