Today's Date: May 16, 2021
The Race Epidemic Documentary Featuring CA Attorney General Rob Bonta, Former Treasurer John Chiang, Congressmember Judy Chu Pre   •   Save the Galaxy in the Epic Saga of Commander Shepard With Mass Effect Legendary Edition Today   •   RYB Education, Inc. Files Its Annual Report on Form 20-F   •   After 59 Years, the Families of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 Receive Closure   •   ScholarShare 529 to Offer Families College Savings Stimulus for 529 Day   •   KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Hudson Grove, a New-Home Community in North Jacksonville, Priced from the $270,000s   •   BREAKING NEWS: CAIR Joins Boycott of White House Eid Celebration in Response to Biden Administration's Defense of Israeli Attack   •   Pyxus International, Inc. Announces Date of 2021 Annual Meeting   •   Mastercard and National Women’s Soccer League Announce Multi-Year Partnership Centered on Elevating Visibility for the Spo   •   Grand Council Treaty #3, Canada and Ontario sign a Memorandum of Understanding to improve education for First Nations students   •   Young Women with Chest Pain Wait Longer and Receive Less Urgent Care Than Men   •   Clark Atlanta University Partners With the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) To Launch $1 Million Partners   •   California Family Physicians Applaud Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine to Adolescents   •   Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Hosts Education Panel in Support of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Mont   •   IndyCar Drivers Take Flight at LIFT Academy   •   Mental Health in Focus: Healthline Announces Next Live Town Hall   •   Scott’s Liquid Gold-Inc. Reports First Quarter Results   •   Pole for Grosjean, Honda at GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis   •   Optime Care Calls for Greater Awareness of Hereditary Angioedema, Highlights Patient-First Strategy for Treatment and Optimized   •   MetroPlusHealth to Host Virtual Town Hall: Stand Up Against Anti-Asian Hate
Bookmark and Share

Harvard Under Investigation For Treatment Of Women

 CAMBRIDGE, MA - Harvard Law School is currently under investigation by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for alleged violations of Title IX—specifically, violations of part of  Title IX that stipulate how a school should handle cases of sexual assault, according to The Harvard Cimson, the school's paper.

New England School of Law Professor Wendy Murphy, who filed the complaint, says that Harvard Law School is one of many institutions across the nation that violates Title IX’s mandates regarding sexual assault. Murphy has also filed complaints against Yale University and Princeton University.

The Law School acknowledged the investigation in a statement.

“We are aware that the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education has been contacted. We defer to OCR for whatever comment they deem appropriate,” Law School spokesperson Robb London said in a statement.

The OCR did not return calls requesting comment.

Murphy said that the complaint was based on three main problems with the Law School’s policy on responding to sexual assault. According to Murphy, these three discrepancies in policy have yet to conform with new guidelines released by Vice President Joe Biden in conjunction with OCR.

These guidelines make clear to institutions that sexual assault on campuses is under the jurisdiction of Title IX and clarify exactly how to handle cases in a “prompt and efficient” manner.

Murphy cited the most important flaw in the Law School’s policy as its currently drawn-out system for holding hearings for alleged assailants. Murphy said that holding hearings quickly is crucial considering a potential victim is only covered by the rules of Title IX while she or he is still at the institution—at the Law School, for three years—and would potentially be forced to learn alongside his or her assailant while awaiting the hearing.

Murphy said that another discrepancy was the Law School’s requirement for students who alleged they were victims of sexual assault to prove their allegation by “clear and convincing evidence,” which she said is contrary to the Title IX mandate and the standard in the justice system.

Title IX states that the burden of proof must instead be a preponderance of the evidence, a lower evidentiary standard.

She also said that the Law School has failed to provide a written timeline to outline how long a hearing would take, which is required by the Title IX guidelines.

Cari S. Simon and Amy J. Sennett, both third years at the Law School and the President and Vice President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association, respectively, said that although they are not aware of the specifics of the complaint, they support actions to improve campus safety.

“The Harvard Women’s Law Association supports efforts across the country to create campuses that are safe for women and provide equal opportunities to access higher education,” they wrote in an email statement.

Harvard Crimson staff writer Caroline M. McKay 


STORY TAGS: Title IX , Harvard , Law SchoolWomen News, Minority News, Discrimination, Diversity, Female, Underrepresented, Equality, Gender Bias, Equality



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News