Thursday, March 1, 2018

Title 9 issues at Berkeley despite Trump administration changes

UC Berkeley failed to give all students the opportunity for a formal investigation of their sexual harassment or assault complaints and did not resolve all of the cases in a timely manner, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found.

The civil rights office reviewed UC Berkeley’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints from 2011 through 2014, and some from 2017. The office found that, though the campus has improved in some areas, it remained out of compliance with Title IX — the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination at schools that get federal funding — in key areas.

As part of a broad agreement with the federal office, the campus must revisit eight sexual misconduct cases it may have mishandled, and must tighten policies for educating students and employees on preventing sexual abuse...

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