Start Date: 8/16/2017 2:00 PM EST
End Date: 8/16/2017 3:00 PM EST
Prior to the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, an increase of complaints was filed with the Office of Civil Rights from female survivors who indicated their institution failed to protect them when acts of sexual violence or assault occurred on campus. The 2011 Dear Colleague Letter required all institutions to alter and update their sexual violence and sexual misconduct policies, survivor resources, investigation processes, provide prevention education and appoint a trained Title IX Coordinator/response team (Dear Colleague Letter, 2011). This shift in investigation response from institutions when sexual assault incidents have been filed has led to disproportionately supporting females and offering unfair treatment of accused male students. Sexual misconduct investigations on college and university campuses continue to be a challenge within disciplinary procedures. Nationwide, institutions of higher education are being sued by accused male students for failure to provide standard due process or equitable hearings.
Jennifer Forry, Dean of Student Affairs
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