Author: Jake Goldberg

Title IX: Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Last week, I wrote about the history of Title IX and what the law was designed to accomplish. However, since the law was passed in 1972, its purpose has evolved from regulating schools’ admissions offices and athletic fields to monitoring their bedrooms and bathrooms. This piece of legislations expansion is the result of actions undertaken by the Judicial Branch and Executive Branch. But, for the purposes of this article, we will examine how Title IX addresses the issue of sexual assault. What is the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)? OCR is an office within the Department of Education. It’s mission is to...

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Title IX: A History

It’s one of the government’s most famous (or infamous) policies, but is arguably the least understood. At only around 40 words, it dictates campus activity for millions of students. College students protest for stricter implementation, non-profit foundations argue for portions of its stipulations to be flat-out repealed. It has even been widely written about on this very website.  What law is this? I’m referring, of course, to Title IX.  What is Title IX? Prior to explaining what Title IX was meant to do, it is imperative to know what Title IX actually is. Put simply, Title IX is a policy passed and enforced by the federal government which forbids...

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University of Missouri: It’s Time For Change

As first reported on by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), the University of Missouri has recently issued new campus guidelines regarding free speech on their campus. University of Missouri: The Troubled Past For those who may have forgotten, during the last academic year, the University of Missouri received national criticism when pervasive student protests regarding race relations rocked the campus. All of the drama revealed how intolerant of free speech members of the university’s community, including administrators, were. They were willing to involve police officers to handle “hurtful” speech. Unfortunately for Mizzou, the protests during the fall of...

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Harvard Supports Free Speech?

On May 25, Harvard’s Class of 2017 celebrated the end of their academic year with an ironic graduation ceremony. Over the past several years, Harvard has made headlines by having well-known Commencement Day speakers. In the past, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg have addressed the school’s graduating class. This year’s ceremony was no different, as the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was the primary speaker. However, Zuckerberg’s speech was arguably not the most memorable or headline grabbing of the day. During the ceremony, Harvard’s President Drew Gilpin Faust also gave a speech. In her address, she took time to discuss her university’s...

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University of Rochester v. Freedom of Association

Earlier this month, the University of Rochester’s Students’ Association Government (SA) took actions to directly threaten students’ ability to freely associate. The SA labeled single-gendered groups and co-ed organizations which use “gendered language” as “discriminatory” and in violation of the SA constitution. Rochester’s Ruling This entire controversy began back in January. As reported on by the University of Rochester’s Campus Times, “activists alleged at the [SA] Senate meeting [on January 30th] that 55 groups—mostly Greek life organizations, along with a cappella troupes and sports teams—are violating the SA Constitution’s policy on gender and sex discrimination and asked the Senate to review and sanction...

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