Sexual Harassment & Abuse

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Federal In Reversal, Feds Seek to Revive DeVos-Era Questions About Sexual Misconduct by Educators
The Education Department's decision follows backlash from former education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other conservatives.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2021
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The Supreme Court in Washington as seen on Oct. 7, 2020. After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices have moved the other way. The high court ruled 6-3 Thursday along ideological lines against a Mississippi inmate sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing his grandfather when the defendant was 15 years old. The case is important because it marks a break with the court’s previous rulings and is evidence of the impact of a newly more conservative court.
The U.S. Supreme Court as seen on Oct. 7, 2020.
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Law & Courts High Court Justice Rejects Student's Bid to Block Removal Over Sexual Harassment Claim
Justice Elena Kagan denied a California student's effort to return to school after his 'emergency' suspension under Title IX regulations.
Mark Walsh, September 7, 2021
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Federal Biden Team: Schools Can Go Beyond Trump Rules in Response to Alleged Sexual Misconduct
The Education Department's guidance, released July 20, states that Title IX rules from 2020 lay out "minimum steps" for educators.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 20, 2021
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Federal Biden Orders Review of Trump-Era Rule on Responding to Sexual Assault in Schools
Critics said the Trump-era rule on how schools should respond to reports of sexual assault and harassment weakened protections for accusers.
Evie Blad, March 8, 2021
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Student Well-Being Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
October 26, 2020
9 min read
Student Well-Being Federal Civil Rights Data Finds Rise in Reported Sexual Assaults
The finding comes from the Civil Rights Data Collection, a comprehensive look at academic and disciplinary practices in schools nationwide.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 15, 2020
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Law & Courts Court Pick Ruled on Campus Sex Assault, Other Education Issues as Appeals Judge
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett has ruled on due process and Title IX issues in campus sex assaults, qualified immunity, private schools, and other issues.
Mark Walsh, September 26, 2020
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Student Well-Being Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
Here's a quick breakdown of high-profile news stories you may have missed during the week.
October 22, 2019
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Privacy & Security Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A breakdown of high-profile news stories you may have missed during the week.
October 6, 2019
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Curriculum When Teens Are in Violent Relationships, Should Principals Step In?
A survey of high school principals reveals that more than half of school leaders say they have dealt with an incident of teen dating violence recently, but many of them aren't clear what their role should be.
Arianna Prothero, September 25, 2019
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Chicago Public Schools has agreed to federal oversight of its handling of sexual misconduct claims against staff and students.
Chicago Public Schools has agreed to federal oversight of its handling of sexual misconduct claims against staff and students.
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Student Well-Being Are Schools Prepared to Respond to Sex Abuse? Latest Probe Reveals Shortcomings
A federal investigation of Chicago's failures to respond to sexual violence in schools raises troubling questions for school districts nationwide.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 24, 2019
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Curriculum Reported Essay We're Teaching Consent All Wrong
No, consent doesn't just belong in sex ed. class; it needs to start a lot earlier. Sarah D. Sparks looks at the research.
Sarah D. Sparks, January 8, 2019
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief New Student-Protection Office Logs 600-Plus Complaints in Chicago
A new Chicago public schools office created to investigate cases of student-on-student sexual violence has fielded more than 600 allegations so far this school year.
Tribune News Service, December 11, 2018
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Federal DeVos Rewrites Title IX Guidance on Sexual Assault and Harassment
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes to how it investigates civil rights claims that had infuriated the civil rights community.
Alyson Klein & Evie Blad, November 27, 2018
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