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 […]

Dartmouth Sorority: It’s OUR Party!

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Greek life on college campuses is generally recognized as a social hotspot, known for its rampant drinking and party culture. Less widely known is the fact that only fraternities are hosting parties and serving alcohol because, according to the National Panhellenic Conference, none of the 26 national sororities are allowed to. The rationale? According to […]

The “War on Boys” Narrative Is Back. Ugh.

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Every year as a new school semester begins, someone writes an ominous article about the fact that more women are graduating from college these days than men. The latest hand-wringing salvo comes from famed anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly, and it’s a doozy. Schlafly wrote on World Net Daily earlier this week that not only is this imbalance […]

Reasonable Doubt? Rolling Stone’s Missteps Fuel Disbelief of Rape Victims

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Not long ago, I overheard a snippet of conversation among my college students. Another professor had talked about rape in class that morning. The professor didn’t talk about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses or the egregious way that universities were addressing (or, rather, not addressing) reports of rape. Instead, a student said, […]