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    Five Big Myths About Title IX and Your Education Rights

    When issues of gender discrimination arise in the school system, discussion of Title IX isn’t far behind. From athletics to classrooms and across other extracurricular departments, Title IX is a pivotal piece of legislature that protects your right to be free from gender discrimination.  Title IX is part of the 1972 Education Amendment, enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s…

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    The ABA Just Rejected “Affirmative Consent” Rules for Sexual Assault

    Here Are Three Take-Home Lessons for Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX Cases The American Bar Association just rejected a proposal to incorporate “affirmative consent” into American criminal law.  There are three take away points for campus rules regulating sexual assault and Title IX enforcement:  “Affirmative consent” rules lie far outside the mainstream of American justice, despite their almost universal…

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    How to Stop Cyberbullying by Defending Yourself

    In a Cyberbullying attack, the aggressor’s objective is to harm the credibility of the victim and damage their psychological well being, but the Cyberbully’s aim is also more than personal. They seek to damage the reputation and social standing of the victim in the community at large. Cyberbullies are known to hide behind screens of anonymity on social media platforms….

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    Three Lessons For Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault In The Purdue University Case

    Three Lessons For Victims Of Campus Sexual Assault In The Purdue University Case At the end of June as the dog days of summer began, a three-Judge panel, all women judges of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, ruled against Purdue University. The Appeals Court decided in favor of a male student who sued Purdue under Title IX for discriminating against…

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    What Happens If You Get Charged With Student Misconduct?

    As a student at the university level, conduct is as important as academic excellence. While you are on your journey to becoming a professional and an adult, you may have found yourself in a situation that warrants learning more about student misconduct. Unfortunately, situations arise where a student fails to meet the ethical standards or code of conduct put in…

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    New Title IX Statistics Show Saying “No” Works

    Arguments over statistics and Title IX are nothing new, but researchers rarely focus on what is effective in preventing sexual assault. Now a recent study by social scientists at Columbia University suggests an effective way to counter sexual assault on campus along with student misconduct policies and Title IX. The Columbia study shows that learning how to say “No” to…

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    High School Opts to Segregate Swimmers by Sex, Risks Violating Title IX

    In February, a male swimmer from Fishers, Indiana was allowed to compete in the state swimming championship meet despite three accusations of sexual harassment by female members of his own swim team. At most high schools, boys’ and girls’ swimming teams practice together and compete at the same meets. But the reason he was allowed back into the pool was…

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    Parent Guide: You and Your Student’s Right to Information

    Federal Law Gives Your Student the Right to His or Her Student File Be aware of both your rights and their limitations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If you are familiar with FERPA in the context of grade school and high school, things change in college. Parental rights under FERPA terminate when the student becomes a…

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    Victims Demand Due Process Rights in Title IX Cases

    Marshall University of West Virginia has settled a lawsuit with a former freshman student who alleged that the university’s Title IX judiciary bungled her complaint of a rape that occurred in her residence hall. A witness, also in the room, corroborated the student’s account that she withdrew consent by repeatedly telling her assailant to stop. He told her, “you just…

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    Professors May Not Be Prepared to Address Bias and Discrimination Among Students

    A study conducted every three years by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute shows that professors throughout the United States are deeply concerned about discrimination and bias on campus. At the same time, the HERI survey shows that professors do not believe they are prepared to deal with these kinds of conflicts among their students. This is a volatile combination. Universities…

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