The Oberlin Review

Title IX Policy Undergoes Significant Revisions

Anisa Curry Vietze and Rachel Fang

November 15, 2019

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harassment and assault. After a two year review process by the Title IX Policy Committee, the updated version of Oberlin’s Sexual Misconduct Policy was approved via a vote by the General Faculty Council on Oct. 16. The edits include changes to how the College holds live hearings and additional options for mediation and restorative justice when parties do not want to go through a formal hearing, among other things. The committee also edited the policy to clarify language and remove repetitions — making the 70-page document more readable. The Sexual Misconduct Policy is reviewed every year but not necessarily edited every year. The edits that just went into effect la...

Current Title IX Regulations Deny Accused Students Fundamental Rights

Duncan Reid

April 13, 2018

April is Consent Month at Oberlin. I think extremely highly of those who work in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and work to raise awareness about consent and sexual misconduct. However, while we are having these necessary conversations this month, Oberlin must confront the Orwellian underbelly of the national Title IX system: its enforcement. Until a few months ago, Oberlin, like almost all educational institutions, was bound by the 2011 Obama-era “Dear Colleague” letter issued by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights created in response to public backlash over college administrator sexual misconduct on campuses across the country. The letter recommended that to combat sexual misconduc...

College senior Sophie Meade (left), College juniors Karalyn Grimes and Laura Shriver and others lift a mattress to show their solidarity with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In line with the national Carry That Weight Day of Action, several students and faculty members carried mattresses, blankets and pillows around campus as a visual
demonstration of the burden of being a survivor of sexualized violence.

Obies ‘Carry That Weight’ on Day of Action

October 31, 2014

Trigger warning: This article contains discussion of sexualized and domestic violence. Armed with mattresses, pillows and blankets, several students and faculty members visualized the burden of sexualized violence this past Wednesday and showed their solidarity for survivors by carrying — and sometimes dragging — their bed-related items around campus. The widespread visualization was part of the Carry That Weight Day of Action, a national event in which students, staff and faculty at colle...

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