I’m terrified for future victims of sexual assault on this campus. I’m infuriated for past victims thrown into the pile of problems dealt with as a 9-to-5 obligation, something the worker bees had to deal with to make the overheads happy.
Two complaints were filed to the U.S. Office of Civil Rights regarding the compliance and proceedings of VCU’s Office of Institutional Equity in Title IX investigations last year, and although nearly half a year has passed since the federal review concluded, the reverberating impact of the university’s actions have not entirely dissipated.
Amidst increased public scrutiny of institutional, state and federal compliance with Title IX, the 1972 federal law forbidding sexual discrimination on college campuses, VCU president Michael Rao mandated in an email to the VCU community last Thursday that students must now complete an online training course focusing on sexual violence, bystander intervention and risk reduction strategies.
The three men’s soccer players who were charged with felonies last week could face further punishment from the university under its sexual misconduct policy.