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Administrators at Oklahoma State University defended their decision to not notify police of allegations of multiple sexual assaults, telling the student newspaper this week that the school was prohibited from doing so by a federal student privacy law.
Student journalists are petitioning their superintendent, asking him to reverse prior review guidelines created in response to the student news magazine’s article about sexual assault.
Students and teachers at Fond du Lac High School are urging administrators to rethink a decision to impose prior review guidelines on student publications after the student magazine wrote an article about sexual assault.
Representatives from the colleges said that releasing the names of accused students could create a chilling effect for reporting sexual assaults, but public access advocates said the public interest outweighs that consequence.
Student journalists were being investigated by the university and threatened with legal action for anonymously quoting public speakers at a Take Back the Night march.
The Montana University System must now release sexual assault records to author Jon Krakauer in a long-standing legal battle, Montana District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Krakauer will have access to the majority of the documents asked for, with names redacted.
Learn what kinds of records you can look for, where to request them from and what to do if you run into problems. We also show some of the resources available on our website.
Student journalists face a multitude of challenges when it comes to reporting on allegations of sexual assault and harassment on their campuses.
Pop quiz: should you tell the police if you think someone is responsible for a pattern of sexual assaults?
Well, that ain't how they do things down Oklahoma State way.
In the past, I've made the point that universities shouldn't be adjudicating sexual assault claims. Both because they're bad at it and because they can't actually take these people off the streets.
Now, Oklahoma State has provided an object lesson, by showing how much can go wrong when you let a bunch of amateur investigators pretend to do the jobs of police and courts.
Consider what happened at Oklahoma State after five different students reported sexual assaults by the same alleged perpetrator.
You would assume that a disciplinary committee at an institution faced with multiple reports of sexual assault by one person might say to themselves, "Gee, the training video we watched didn't really prepare us to do the proper investigation of sexual assault at this scale, so maybe we ought to call police."
Surely a bunch of amateurs, with no authority to subpoena, no ability to collect or test forensics--certainly they wouldn't attempt to identify and punish a possible serial attacker, would they?
When it comes to colleges inventing strained excuses to withhold public records and conceal unpleasant truths from the public, it's hard to pick just one standout.
College campuses face a difficult balancing act in responding to excessive drinking by underage students.
The front page of today's Daily Emerald is a powerful one:The issue is a timely one for the University of Oregon student newspaper — this week, it came to light that three basketball players were accused in March of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus party and then later at one of the players' apartments. The university and police learned of the allegations in March, and the Daily Emerald and other media have questioned why the players were allowed to continue playing through the end of the season (their suspensions were announced Monday, the same day the district attorney's office announced it did not plan to charge any of the three players).
Today, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 colleges and universities currently being investigated for potential Title IX violations involving sexual violence and harassment. Some of these investigations have been reported on previously, but others are being announced for the first time. The list's release has garnered national attention, and even brought the Department's website down briefly.If you're a student reporter covering one of these schools and just now learning about the investigation, you probably feel there's a lot to catch up on. Many of these investigations have been going on for months, at a minimum.
Education Department served notice it will side with University of Montana in arguing that FERPA privacy bars disclosure of public records in the disciplinary appeal of Montana's starting quarterback
A Columbus Dispatch/SPLC collaborative investigation wins national recognition from the Association Press Managing Editors for shining a spotlight on the secretive campus disciplinary system and how sexual assaults systematically go underreported and result in lenient punishment.
A Pomona College student was told she could not share any details of the sanctions imposed on the man who sexually assaulted her twice, but the nondisclosure policy has no basis in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or the Clery Act.
The best-selling author of Missoula is seeking access to files indicating why the state overturned a campus disciplinary board's findings in a high-profile sexual assault case involving a University of Montana athlete. But the state argues that granting Jon Krakauer's request will put the state in violation of federal privacy laws and place $263 million in federal funding at risk.