Part of the student activism surrounding sexual assault on campus this semester has focused on increasing anonymity and extending hours at the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, but administrators say that there aren’t any changes currently in the works.
On Thursday, Spectator sat down with administrators who work with the Office for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct at Columbia to discuss recent policy changes, how students are chosen for hearing panels, and why investigators don’t record interviews.
Administrators who work closely with the Office for Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct policy told Spectator that while they had concerns about the content of some of the stories, they believe the press attention has ultimately moved campus dialogue forward in a positive direction.
Alison Herman gives an in-depth look at the changing tides of sexual assault policy on college campuses across the country, including Columbia's own.
Representatives of the new coalition will meet with senior administrators on Monday morning to present a set of proposals to improve the way the University handles sexual mis conduct.
A number of procedural changes to the way sexual assault investigations are conducted will be implemented before the end of the school year, University Senator Marc Heinrich, CC ’16, said at Sunday’s Columbia College Student Council meeting.
The review, which was announced at the first plenary of the semester on Friday, will focus on the committee’s membership, its nomination process, and decision-making process.
University President Lee Bollinger announced Wednesday morning that Columbia will release anonymous, aggregate data about the way it adjudicates sexual assault and gender-based misconduct, following months of student activism to make the University’s policies more transparent.
We must change the ways we value ourselves as men in order to create a safer campus for men and women.
The mishandling of sexual assault cases reported by a recent Blue and White article is representative of greater problems in administrative offices' efficacy.
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