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Impacts of new federal Title IX regulations on Emerson are unknown, administrator says

The college is still trying to ascertain how the new federal Title IX regulations will impact college policy.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 7, 2020

College staff members are reviewing new federal Title IX regulations released on Wednesday with one administrator calling the timing of the release "shocking" and that the extent of the regulations' impact is unknown.  “I don't think we know the extent of the impact of the new regulations on the c...

DeVos releases new federal Title IX regulations amid internal review at Emerson

All colleges and universities that receive federal funding in the nation will have until August to comply with the new regulations.  

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 6, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos unveiled sweeping new Title IX regulations Wednesday that narrow the definition of sexual harassment and will require Emerson—and colleges across the country—to completely overhaul how they investigate reports of sexual assault. The new federal regulations, which have been...

Student activists reject changes recommended by Title IX working group

Emerson's Title IX office located on the second floor of the State Transportation Building.

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 3, 2020

Students who originally led the charge to get the college to review its Title IX policies are speaking out against a report containing recommendations released Wednesday by the Title IX working group, saying that the administration is dragging their feet.  Leah Cedeño, president of Students Support...

Title IX working group recommendations draft

Title IX working group recommendations draft

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

May 1, 2020

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX policies released a draft of their findings and recommendations Wednesday. The working group, composed of staff, faculty, and students, was charged with reviewing the entire Title IX and sexual misconduct investigation...

Presidential working group recommends creating standing review committee, changes to Title IX office

The college is still trying to ascertain how the new federal Title IX regulations will impact college policy.

By Andrew Brinker and Tomas Gonzalez

April 29, 2020

The Presidential Working Group on Title IX policy released a draft of its findings and recommendations Wednesday, calling for several changes, including the removal of the Title IX office from the Social Justice Center, a simplification of the college’s policies, and a standing committee to review ...

Title IX coordinator candidates present policy changes

Allison O'Connor is one of two candidates competing for the Deputy Title IX Coordinator position. Photo: Dartmouth College

By Elena Naze

October 16, 2019

The college narrowed the search for a Deputy Title IX Coordinator down to two candidates who expressed largely similar plans to address federal regulations around sexual assault.  The search committee invited the finalists to campus to present workshops on Title IX regulations and their proposed...

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

September 8, 2019

The working group assembled by President M. Lee Pelton to review the college’s Title IX procedures will not be making any concrete policy changes, according to a member of the committee. Co-chair and Associate Professor of Visual and Media Arts Jan Roberts-Breslin said the group has not officiall...

Administration issues plans to address sexual misconduct on campus

An individual removes a sign criticizing the college for its handling of sexual misconduct from Little Building's scaffolding. Ziqi Wang / Beacon Staff

By Stephanie Purifoy, Managing Editor: Digital

April 22, 2019

President M. Lee Pelton told the student body on April 22 that he will form a working group of students, faculty, and senior administrators in Fall 2019 to examine current practices surrounding sexual misconduct, according to an emailed statement. The email comes after the Emerson College Police Department remo...

Title IX policy review stalls under potential new federal guidance

Title IX policy review stalls under potential new federal guidance

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

April 22, 2019

The college will not implement revisions to its sexual misconduct policy until the U.S. Department of Education issues its final regulations for federal Title IX guidance, General Counsel Christine Hughes wrote in an email to the Beacon. Emerson reviewed the proposed federal changes when U.S. Secretar...

College removes graffiti accusing more than 12 students of sexual misconduct

Workers painted over the scaffolding in front of Little Building where over over 12 students were publicly accused of sexual assault.

By Maya Gacina

April 18, 2019

The college does not plan to investigate who posted a list of more than 12 students accused of sexual misconduct onto Little Building’s Boylston Street scaffolding on Thursday, according to a college official. President M. Lee Pelton could not legally comment on whether or not any of the individu...

Beacon Podcast: Title IX breakdown

Beacon Podcast: Title IX breakdown

February 10, 2019

Beacon reporters Abigail Hadfield and Tomas Gonzalez break down the process of filing a Title IX report and what a Title IX investigation would look like.

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By Tomas Gonzalez, Visual Managing Editor

February 2, 2019

The Beacon spoke with Pamela White, Emerson’s Title IX coordinator, and examined the Title IX sexual misconduct policy on Emerson’s website pertaining to reports against students. The college’s current Title IX policy is based on law interpreted by the Barack Obama administration from 2008-16. It is subject t...