Letters to the Editor

Universities must enforce Title IX to prevent sexual harassment

Title IX tattoos on Annie Clark, left, and Andrea Pino, both who started a network of young women raising awareness of rape on college campuses nationwide, at Clark's University of Oregon apartment in Eugene, Ore., March 15, 2013. Their complaint over the handling of sexual assault cases filed against University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January prompted a federal investigation for insights on how to press their case.
Title IX tattoos on Annie Clark, left, and Andrea Pino, both who started a network of young women raising awareness of rape on college campuses nationwide, at Clark's University of Oregon apartment in Eugene, Ore., March 15, 2013. Their complaint over the handling of sexual assault cases filed against University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in January prompted a federal investigation for insights on how to press their case. The New York Times

“Sexual harassment in education includes any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student’s access to educational opportunities. The Supreme Court has confirmed that schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials.” — Title IX

I have counseled students over the past 20 years from different universities who have have been sexually harassed and assaulted and had to leave the school in which they worked diligently to attend only to have their experience thwarted by being raped and the school not doing enough to ensure their safety. So it not only starts with boys and men learning what it means to respect girls and women, but the colleges and universities must do their due diligence, morally and legally, to enforce Title IX — no matter what they fear regarding reputation, financial repercussions or the loss of fraternities and/or members of the athletic department.

Alisa Piette, San Luis Obispo

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