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Everything you need to know about the updated Title IX policy

The Title IX office has been located within the Social Justice Center since 2014 after an external group of lawyers examined the college's Title IX policies and practices.
By Diti Kohli, Katie Redefer, and Parker Purifoy August 31, 2020

A college committee of administrators, faculty, and students released an updated Title IX policy establishing the college’s altered process for handling allegations of sexual misconduct and violence,...

Alum Jackson Davis terminated from NowThis after investigation into sexual misconduct allegations

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.
By Parker Purifoy and Diti Kohli July 21, 2020

Emerson alum Jackson Davis ‘17 was terminated from his job at NowThis News after the organization concluded an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, a spokesperson for NowThis...

Title IX working group restarts meetings early after harsh rebuke from some admin, students

The Title IX working group has been investigating the sexual misconduct policy and process at Emerson for over nine months. They plan to turn their final report into President Pelton during the fall 2020 semester.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter July 18, 2020

The Title IX working group will continue to meet through the summer after its initial draft of recommended changes to college Title IX policy drew more than 40 public comments that may substantially influence...

College officials apologize for earlier statement on sexual misconduct, lay out steps for further accountability

The college vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of sexual assault on campus in a letter Friday.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter July 3, 2020

College officials apologized for a previous statement on sexual misconduct allegations after students and alums heavily criticized it and vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of...

Emerson alum suspended from NowThis after sexual misconduct allegations

Jackson Davis is the subject of multiple public sexual misconduct allegations on Twitter.
By Diti Kohli and Parker Purifoy June 30, 2020

A slew of sexual misconduct allegations against Jackson Davis ‘17 posted on Twitter prompted NowThis News to suspend him from his position, days before the college asserted its commitment to investigating...

Emerson Title IX Steering Committee adapting policy to new federal regulations

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
By Diti Kohli and Parker Purifoy June 28, 2020

A college committee is debating if Emerson will continue to investigate sexual misconduct incidents beyond what is covered by new federal Title IX regulations, according to a college official.  The...

Massachusetts Attorney General joins fight against new Title IX regulations

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined a group of state attorneys Thursday in suing the U.S. Department of Education over  proposed Title IX regulations.
By Diti Kohli, Editor-in-Chief June 6, 2020

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined 17 other state attorneys to sue the U.S. Department of Education Thursday over new federal Title IX regulations she says unfairly weaken protections for...

Temporary Title IX committee to bring college into compliance with new federal regulations

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter June 5, 2020

The college has created a temporary Steering Committee to amend Emerson’s sexual misconduct policy to comply with new federal Title IX regulations which go into effect August 14, the Social Justice Center...

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 Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter 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...

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

The college vowed to hold themselves accountable when addressing issues of sexual assault on campus in a letter Friday.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter 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...

Student activists reject changes recommended by Title IX working group

Student activists reject changes recommended by Title IX working group
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter 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,...

Title IX working group recommendations draft

Title IX working group recommendations draft
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter 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,...

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...

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...

No immediate changes to come from Title IX working group

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
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...

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 Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter 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...

Title IX policy review stalls under potential new federal guidance

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
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...

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, Chris Van Buskirk, and Parker Purifoy 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...

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.

What happens when a student files a Title IX report?

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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...

Proposed Title IX changes may affect college policies if passed

One of DeVos’ proposed changes would enable schools to raise their standard of evidence in sexual assault cases. Photo by Anissa Gardizy / Beacon Staff
By Belen Dumont, News Editor January 16, 2019

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos introduced changes to the federal Title IX policy in November 2018 that would alter or reverse guidelines established under former President Barack Obama’s administration....

Title IX training workshop scheduled for December following cancellation confusion

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By Belen Dumont, News Editor November 26, 2018

The next Title IX Training workshop for faculty and staff is scheduled to take place on Dec. 19 after the Nov. 16 meeting was canceled without notice to some of the attendees who signed up. The nine...

College continues search for Title IX lead investigator

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
By Parker Purifoy, Senior Reporter November 15, 2018

The Title IX Office revived the 10-month long search for a lead investigator by changing the title and adding responsibilities to attract more possible candidates, according to a college official. The...

Title IX office takes down job posting, position remains vacant

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
By Riane Roldan October 10, 2018

The Title IX Office removed the job posting for the lead investigator position after two potential candidates for the position took jobs elsewhere, according to college officials. After a nine-month...

Lead Title IX position remains vacant

Vice President for Equity and Social Justice Sylvia Spears said the college's Title IX Steering Committee will decide if complaints will be investigated beyond the narrow requirement set by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
By Riane Roldan September 6, 2018

The lead investigator position in The Office of Title IX Equity and Access remains vacant despite an eight-month  search. The position opened when Investigator Pamela Ring left the college to pursue...

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