Early March Campus News Round-Up

It’s been a while since I did a proper one of these. Here’s what’s going on:

The De Anza civil trial is underway, and one of the three girls who intervened that night has given her extremely disturbing (graphic and triggering) testimony of what she saw. For background on the De Anza case, check out some of our older posts on it.

CUNY’s sexual assault policy is featured in this article about dating violence on college campuses.

A campus rape survivor in Kentucky is advocating for “extending protective order laws” to include people in “dating relationships.” I can’t really believe that isn’t already the law. Apparently in Kentucky only married folks have abusive partners? What? 44 other states (plus DC) already cover the rights of those experiencing dating violence, so let’s hope Kentucky follows suit.

Students at Dickinson College were out protesting yesterday, calling for a more comprehensive response to sexual assault on campus. Meanwhile, a student at the University of Oklahoma wrote a great editorial on why the school’s policy, including it’s 30-day statute of limitations (!!!) needs to be changed.

Students at Colorado State University are actually debating whether or not to raise student activities fees by three or four dollars to support the work of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center.

Nortre Dame is being accused of not properly responding to a rape case AGAIN. Meanwhile, Nortre Dame’s sexual assault awareness week seems to be focused on alcohol instead of how to be accountable to student safety.

The University of Minnesota, which you may remember has been dealing with a number of reported sexual assaults this year, is requesting that greek community members attend this April’s “presentation on preventing sexual violence.” However, the school says that they can’t mandate anyone to attend. Which…I don’t think I buy.The piece goes on to describe the “self-governance” granted to greek life on most campuses and leaves me pretty unsettled, including a reference to greek judiciary processes. Anyone know more about how this works? I’m going to look into it.

    2 thoughts on “Early March Campus News Round-Up

    1. When I worked at the State U in New York, the school ABSOLUTELY had the power to make Greeks go to presentations, and they used it all the time. After a hazing resulted in a student’s death, the school kept the Greeks on a very tight leash, and would instantly derecognize and defund anyone who didn’t toe the line on certain issues. Sexual assault, hazing, and alcohol awareness sessions were required.

    2. Thanks for that input, Ashley. Yeah, it makes absolutely NO sense to me that an administration wouldn’t have the power to require attendance at a school event. We were required to attend these kinds of sessions at orientation–what’s the difference?