Campus Sexual Assault Policies Are Changing

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

As the U.S. Department of Education investigates how colleges across the country deal with sexual assault and whether they're following Title IX rules, some colleges in our area have changed the way they handle allegations. Jessica Bakeman, Education policy and politics reporter for Capital New York, discusses the recent policy changes at SUNY schools. And Michela Weihl, member of the group No Red Tape Columbia, calls in to offer her opinion that some of the changes to Columbia's sexual assault policy didn't go far enough.




Jessica Bakeman and Michela Weihl

Comments [9]

Garyboy from Harlem

What happens to a woman who files a false complaint against some poor guy? CRYSTAL MANGUM is the black woman who falsely charged 3 men, on the Duke lacrosse team, with raping her. She lied every step of the way, while those poor young men had their names destroyed and lives shattered. When Mangum's lies were finally exposed, did the DA charge her with even filing a false complaint? NO. She got off scot free. Maybe you will think differently, ladies, when your son is falsely charged by some jealous femme.

Aug. 21 2014 07:28 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I disagree with the caller who said he did not believe that colleges and universities should be involved in sexual assault cases. While sexual assault is a crime and should be handled by law enforcement in terms of investigation and criminal procedures, colleges and universities, which are institutions of higher learning, should be holding seminars FOR ALL STUDENTS AND FACULTY at the beginning of EACH SEMESTER/TRIMESTER discussing such things as contraception, STDs, and sexual assault, so that there is no student or faculty member on campus who is not fully familiar with the possible consequences of his/her actions. In addition, the schools should make clear to students that any allegations of sexual assault against any student or faculty member will result in suspension of that person until the case is concluded.

I believe that part of a well-rounded education is to teach people how to live peaceably with others, without trampling on their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and without violating them. Instruction on consequences of actions is part and parcel of real life.

Aug. 20 2014 11:24 AM

My worry is that a person accused of sexual assault, gets penalized without any kind of conviction. Suspended, thrown out of classes....I don't know the answer. But it worries me.

Aug. 20 2014 11:18 AM

I started college in Boston in 1978 and one of the first things the school did was give all of us women "rape whistles." I recall this being due to concern about people from the surrounding community coming onto campus at night, which raises many other issues...but still, this has been a problem for a LONG time. Student turnover can't really be an excuse.

Aug. 20 2014 11:16 AM
Larry from brooklyn

Why are universities expected to have hearings and make decisions about guilt/responsibilities in sexual assaults? Why is this not simply a law enforcement issue?

Aug. 20 2014 11:06 AM
oscar from ny

Ladies and gentleman if someone attacks you don't call the principal or your boy girl friend don't call your parents don't even call on the lord..dial 911

Aug. 20 2014 09:54 AM

So it seems like the big question that no one wants to think about is if there are all these crazy rapes happening left and right on campus what makes people think there aren't similar things happening with high school aged kids? It's not like frats and college sports magically turn men into rapists. Those guys were probably already doing the same stuff in their crappy little hometown. It's just that everyone looked the other way.

Aug. 20 2014 09:36 AM

Inside the questionable (but convenient) “1 in 5 women are raped” claims.  

“1 in 5: Debating the Most Controversial Sexual Assault Statistic” ......... TIME MAGAZINE

Based on 19% “yes” of the 42% who were personally motivated (self-selecting?) to respond to this “survey” at two (2!!!) universities.

So, cherry-pick in the other direction and it could also be just 8%.

Aug. 20 2014 08:41 AM

Rape Culture is a ‘Panic Where Paranoia, Censorship, and False Accusations Flourish’ ....... TIME MAGAZINE

It’s a war against males – aided and abetted by the Liberal White Boys on their radio shows who are “not like those other guys” .... until they are wrongfully accused and denied due process on campus.

Aug. 20 2014 08:35 AM

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