Arizona State University is currently under federal investigation for enabling sexual violence and rape on campus and violating Title IX. The investigation has been ongoing since 2012, and ASU has been required to take interim measures during the investigation to prevent future violations.
A full time position ensuring Title IX compliance is long overdue, and it’s important to note Preudhomme’s history as a lawyer for ASU during three public Title IX lawsuits (2009, 2010, 2014) and both federal Title IX complaints under investigation by the Department of Education (2012, 2014).
A federal official confirmed this week that an investigation is ongoing into how Arizona State University has handled sexual-abuse allegations, and now, students want the probe broadened.
A former ASU student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on behalf of herself and a group of current and former students, asking the agency to expand its investigation into how the school responds to sexual harassment involving faculty and students and sexual assaults involving students.
As federal investigators are looking into how ASU handles sexual violence and misconduct complaints, some students claim the university is turning a blind eye to a culture of sexual misconduct at the Barrett Honors College. The students say the problem goes beyond a couple professors sleeping with students. They go so far as to say it’s a way of life within the college, where faculty flirts, dates, gropes, and has sex with students without consequence. Continue reading
This morning President Obama spoke at a press conference discussing the Renewed Call to Address College Sexual Assault and Rape, and KnowYourIX received a call from the White House thanking #EDActNow for pushing for better federal enforcement of Title IX, and referred to our efforts as “instrumental” to the new Obama/Biden initiative against campus sexual violence. Quote from the press conference:
“Every college president who hasn’t been personally thinking about college sexual violence needs to go out in his community, find the person who deals with it and address it on their respective campus. If he doesn’t, I want students to ask the president why he isn’t and what he will do. … We owe debt and gratitude to the survivors and activists who are working now to see this end.” – President Barack Obama
“Schools will hire Title IX coordinators … who will engage in institutional cover-ups. Schools have spent decades trying to hide their statistics.”
Jasmine Lester, a 2011 graduate of Arizona State University, experienced something like that first hand. “The Title IX coordinator fought with me and tried to dissuade me from filing my complaint,” says Lester. Continue reading