Harvard University Agrees to Remedy Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault of Students

Harvard University Agrees to Remedy Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault of Students

Harvard University Agrees to Remedy Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault of Students (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Harvard University was found in violation of Title IX for its response to sexual harassment and has agreed to remedy issues, according to the Department of Education.

Following its investigation, OCR [Office for Civil Rights] determined that the Law School’s current and prior sexual harassment policies and procedures failed to comply with Title IX’s requirements for prompt and equitable response to complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Law School also did not appropriately respond to two student complaints of sexual assault. In one instance, the Law School took over a year to make its final determination and the complainant was not allowed to participate in this extended appeal process, which ultimately resulted in the reversal of the initial decision to dismiss the accused student and dismissal of the complainant’s complaint.


The Law School has committed to take further specific steps to ensure that it responds to student complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence promptly and equitably. As part of its monitoring of the agreement, OCR will review and approve all of the policies and procedures to be used by the Law School, including the Law School’s use of the new University-wide sexual harassment policies and procedures adopted for this academic year. The changes relating to the University-wide policies and procedures will be published in supplemental guidance and will affect all of the University’s schools as they, like the Law School, decide how to implement the new University-wide policies and procedures.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Law School must:

  • Revise all applicable sexual harassment policies and procedures to comply with Title IX and provide clear notice of which policy and procedure applies to Law School complaints;

  • Through its Title IX Coordinator, coordinate provision of appropriate interim steps to provide for the safety of the complainant and campus community during an investigation;

  • Share information between the Harvard University Policy Department and the University and notify complainants of their right to file a Title IX complaint with the Law School as well as to pursue the criminal process in cases of sexual assault or other sexual violence;

  • Notify students and employees about the Law School’s Title IX coordinators and their contact information;

  • Train staff and provide information sessions for students on the policies and procedures applicable to Law School complaints;

  • Conduct annual climate assessments to assess whether the steps and measures being taken by the Law School are effective and to inform future proactive steps to be taken by Law School;

  • Review any complaints of sexual harassment filed during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years to carefully scrutinize whether the Law School investigated the complaints consistent with Title IX and provide any additional remedies necessary for the complainants; and

  • Track and submit for OCR’s review information on all sexual harassment/violence complaints and reports of sexual harassment/violence filed during the course of the monitoring and responsive action taken by the Law School.

HBCU Virginia State University in Financial Trouble as Enrollment Falls

HBCU Virginia State University in Financial Trouble as Enrollment Falls

HBCU Virginia State University in Financial Trouble as Enrollment Falls (Phot credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia State University is in trouble as enrollment falls by “550 students this year” and the historically black university is “facing a $5.3 million shortfall, including a $2.4 million reduction in support.”

“I think Virginia State is in trouble,” Terone B. Green, who serves on the board of visitors, told the Times Dispatch on Thursday.

As a result of the drop in enrollment, VSU has closed residence halls, reduced its dining operation and cut back on maintenance.


Norfolk State University, Virginia’s other public HBCU, is also facing financial difficulties. St. Paul’s College closed last year.


Winston-Salem State University Accused on Unfairly Inflating Black Students’ Grades

Winston-Salem State University Accused on Unfairly Inflating Black Students' Grades

Winston-Salem State University Accused on Unfairly Inflating Black Students’ Grades (Winston-Salem SU)

Three former Winston Salem State University administrators are accusing the historically black university of inflating the final grades of black students in order to raise the school’s standing.

Former Director of Academic Technology Shira Hedgepeth, along with two former professors who spoke to Campus Reform on the condition of anonymity, alleged administrators at the historically black college routinely increase the final grades of African-American students in order to raise the school’s standing.

“Some students had their final grades changed based on their race,” Hedgepeth told Campus Reform on June 6. “That was a common complaint of many of the faculty that I worked with.”

“None of the Caucasian or non-African American students… none of their grades were changed,” she added. “The way the grades fell out, there was no other reason for changing.” Source:  Campus Reform

Rand Paul’s Howard University Speech Interrupted by Hecklers with White Supremacy Sign

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Rand Paul’s Howard University Speech Interrupted by Hecklers with White Supremacy Sign (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

RAND PAUL’S HOWARD UNIVERSITY SPEECH:  You have to give Sen. Rand Paul credit for having the guts to speak to a group of students at Howard University, knowing they most likely won’t be voting for a Republican candidate in any upcoming election. While he may not have changed any minds, he did show that, for whatever it’s worth, he did try to reach out to the black community, even if he told a barefaced lie. One problem for him, we can see right through him.

Well, everything was fine, I suppose, until he got to the subject of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We all know how Rand Paul felt about that in the past, saying private businesses have a right to say who they want to enter their establishments. But he had a different spin this time. Some students felt his lengthy explanation about the history of civil rights was “insulting,” prompting an interruption from two protesters, who unfurled a banner saying “Howard University does not support white supremacy.” His  analysis was factually untrue but who am I kidding? Truth isn’t the forte of the Republican Party in its current state.

The speech, which included discussion of school choice and mandatory minimum sentencing laws, went over badly at times, like when Paul got former Senator Edward Brooke’s name wrong…. Applause was scarce, and there were one or two instances of booing. Questioners in the question-and-answer session pressed Paul on voter I.D. laws and his past stated opposition to the Civil Rights Act, though some showed a kinship with him on other civil liberties issues like drug policy. Source

I am no fan of Rand Paul but I will give him credit for going out on a limb on some issues, such as the drug incarceration rate, etc. Would I vote for him if he were to become the 2016 presidential nominee? I seriously doubt that because he may be open to change on some fronts, but he’s quite dangerous on many issues. Add the rest of the Republican Party living in the Dark Ages to the equation and you have a party that still doesn’t give a sh*t about the black community.  GOP leaders are unwilling to repudiate the vile rhetoric from members of its own party. Um, if Rand Paul is the agent through which the Republican Party thinks it can reach out to the black community, then they can forget it for 2014 and 2016. No matter how these Republicans pretend to care for the black community, they manage to insult our intelligence along the way. I would be remiss if I didn’t reiterate that famous line from then-presidential candidate Barack Obama — “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”

Rand Paul can dance all he wants around the issue of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but his views were pretty dangerous. He made a complete 360 degree switch in his views. His explanation is that we don’t understand. Duh, you’re too stupid, right?  You be the judge. Watch the video below. Here’s are some of his comments from that video:

“Should we limit racists from speaking?” Paul said in that interview. “I don’t want to be associated with those people, but I also don’t want to limit their speech in any way in the sense that we tolerate boorish and uncivilized behavior because that’s one of the things that freedom requires is that we allow people to be boorish and uncivilized, but that doesn’t mean we approve of it.” (H/T Talking Points Memo)

Rand Paul on The Rachel Maddow Show in 2010:

Rand Paul’s Train Wreck at Howard University:

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South Bend School District Cited for Shifting Disproportionate Number of Black Students in Special Education Classes

South Bend school district has been cited by the state of Indiana for putting a disproportionate number of black students into special education classes. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, black students in the school district are more likely to be diagnosed with cognitive and emotional disabilities that take them out of mainstream classrooms.

The state’s top special education official said a recent review also found the district didn’t follow legally required procedures between 2010 and 2012.

“That, to me, is the biggest distinction,” said Nicole Norvell, director of special education with the Indiana Department of Education.

She said not only were South Bend schools sending more black kids into special education, they weren’t documenting what led to the decision, including students’ current performance levels.

Donna Krol, the district’s special education director, said the citation doesn’t mean the district broke the law, but it has a problem that needs to be fixed.

The sanction means the district could lose $90,000 of its $6.1 million federal special education grant, shifting the funds into intervention programs to help struggling students stay out of special ed. Teachers also have been assigned to work with mainstream students who have behavioral issues to help them remain in general education. Source

Yale Battles Historic Levels of ‘Sexual Assault’ with Campus Programs Including ‘Bystander Intervention’

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Yale Battles Historic Levels of ‘Sexual Assault’ with Campus Programs Including ‘Bystander Intervention’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sexual assault hits a historic high at Yale University. The Ivy League school came under federal investigation in 2011 after 15 students filed a complaint alleging the university is a “hostile sexual environment” and failed to deal with the incidents of sexual harassment. The group of students used a video of an alleged Yale University fraternity pledges holding a sign that read “We love Yale sluts” and chanting “No Means Yes” on campus. Money doesn’t make one a better person, considering the tuition costs around $50,000 yearly.

In 2011, the Advisory Committee on Campus Climate was formed following reports that some Yale fraternity members had chanted, “No means yes,” on campus. Yale had already been under federal investigation for allegedly under-reporting campus crime as early as 2004. The U.S. Department of Education‘s Office for Civil Rights began another investigation after the frat incident.

Last year, the Sexual Literacy Forum, a student-facilitated discussion group at Yale, was born. Fifty students signed up to participate in this year’s 12 workshops as a continuing curriculum, aimed at giving students a safe place to ask questions without fear or shame. Among the topics are safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases and self-pleasure, according to co-director Paulina Haduong, a senior studying linguistics.

“The more people talk about these things, the better the sexual climate on campus,” Haduong said.

At Yale, women’s groups and some students say that the university’s climate has improved but that more work is needed.

“Although my sense is that women tend to feel safe on campus and have increased confidence in the university’s handling of sexual assault reports, the problem of campus sexual assault at Yale is significant and troubling,” said Suzanna Fritzberg, public relations coordinator for The Yale Women’s Center. “The Yale administration has made a concerted effort to take campus sexual assault seriously.” Source

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James Oliver Seevakumaran Found Dead in UCF Dorm, Had Improvised Explosives and Assault Rifle

James Oliver Seevakumaran commits suicide at UCF had IED and assault rifle

James Oliver Seevakumaran Found Dead in UCF Dorm, Had Improvised Explosives and Assault Rifle

The student who committed suicide at the University of Central Florida has been identified as James Oliver Seevakumaran. He was plotting to kill classmates with improvised explosives and an assault rifle. Police reportedly found about 200 rounds of ammunition, two guns (one a tactical assault rifle) and a backpack filled with four IEDs.

They also found writings detailing an elaborate plan to carry out the attack. According to media reports, police believe James Oliver Seevakumaran pulled the fire alarm about 12:21 a.m. to get students out of their rooms and into the open.

Seevakumaran pulled a gun on another student, who then called police, said University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary. He then killed himself with a shot to the head moments later as police officers were responding to the call.

“His timeline got off,” Beary said. “We think the rapid response of law enforcement may have changed his ability to think quickly on his feet.” Source

Seevakumaran, who was in the process of being kicked out of UCF, bought the weapons at an Orlando-area gun shop. He had no disciplinary record at the university, but was arrested in 2006 for misuse of a temporary tag and driving with a suspended license.

Black Women With Higher Levels of College Education Not Protected From Divorce

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Black Women With Higher Levels of College Education Not Protected From Divorce. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A recent study, published in the journal, Family Relations, found that married couples who have attained higher levels of education are less likely to divorce than less-educated couples, except in the black community. The study found that black women with higher education don’t seem to enjoy the same degree of protection as education confers on married white women with similar education levels.

Jeounghee Kim Ph.D., an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Social Work, who conducted the study, says, “For white Americans, higher education is related to a lower chance of divorce, and this protective effect of education on marriage increased consistently among the recent generations. But for African-American women, higher education is not necessarily related to a lower chance of divorce.”  Kim observed that the divorce rate has remained steady for white women since 1980, but the trend has been less stable for black women.

She studied white and African-American women in five-year marriage cohorts starting from 1975 to 1979 and ending in 1995 to 1999. The researcher also took into account demographic characteristics, such as age, geographic region, motherhood status and post-secondary education (associate degree at minimum) when married. She then measured marital dissolution (within nine years of first marriage) rather than by legal divorce, which many African-American women eschew in favor of a permanent separation.

Kim’s analysis revealed that the percentage of white women with some post-secondary education continuously increased throughout the cohorts. This was not the case with African-American women, whose educational attainment peaked in the 1985-1994 cohorts before declining. At the same time, she found the percentage of white women getting divorced declined throughout the study period, while African-American women experienced an increase in the 1980s before declining in the 1990 to 1994 cohort.

What is leading to this trend? The study found:

“One possibility is that college education does not translate into the higher earnings that would help protect marriage for African-Americans,” she said. “Another could be that educational attainment may be insufficient to address the high levels of economic inequality that even well-educated African-Americans experience. Many are the first in their families to have attained a post-secondary education and do not benefit from the cushion of intergenerational wealth possessed by some white families.”

A third possibility involves the gender gap in African-Americans’ educational attainment — there are nearly twice as many African-American women college graduates as men.

“We see the increasing power of education protecting marriage within the same socioeconomic class,” Kim said. “Well-educated white women may still have power to select an equally well-educated mate. Then, there may be a synergy factor — higher incomes, better and healthier lives, smarter kids — that helps sustain their marriage.

The reality is that educated black women seem to have “less of a chance to marry their educational equals.” Why? Black women are less likely to marry outside their race, thereby further limiting their choices. I have long been in favor of sisters looking beyond the color of their skin to find true love.

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Rutgers Student Newspaper Apologizes For Calling Alpha Chi Omega Members Farmyard Animals

Rutgers University newspaper The Medium calls sorority members bitches

Rutgers Student Newspaper Apologizes For Calling Alpha Chi Omega Members B-Word, Farmyard Animals (Facebook)

Another university newspaper is in the news:  Rutgers University student newspaper, The Medium, apologizes after an offensive article compared Alpha Chi Omega sorority members to farmyard animals and called them b*tches.

The piece was on the closing of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority this coming fall term because of a lack of members and ran under the headline ‘Alpha Chi Omega to Shut Down; ”We don’t want to be like you ugly b—s” Potential Pledges say’.

The article described sorority members as ‘wildebeests and an elephant’, according to nj.com and was accompanied by a sketch of a cow and a barn bearing Greek letters. Source

Here’s the apology written on The Medium’s Facebook page:

On behalf of the entire staff of The Medium, we would like to apologize for an article that was published in this week’s paper regarding Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Since our paper is satirical in nature and no stranger to controversy, it is rare that we apologize for our content. However, it is the feeling of this editorial board that the article in question merits an apology. It was written in a cruel, debasing manner that does not reflect the values or goals of our organization. Our aim is to create humorous content which will entertain the University community; the article that ran this week was cruel and relied on cheap jokes in lieu of humor. By publishing the article, we made a poor judgment to experiment with a style of humor that had entertained our audience years ago. The reaction we received was humbling, and represented a community of readers that stood in solidarity for the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega. We are humbled by the response, and apologize to those offended and for any damage the piece might have caused.

DeKalb School Board Mess Continues as Federal Court Sends Lawsuit to GA Supreme Court

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Federal Court Sends DeKalb School Board Lawsuit to GA Supreme Court. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A federal court judge ruled Monday afternoon that he does not have the jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought by members of the DeKalb County School Board who were suspended by Gov. Nathan Deal.  The lawsuit was filed against the board of education and Gov. Deal over the removal of six school board members.

In a decision released Monday afternoon, US District Court Judge Richard Story said that since the claims by the DeKalb School Board members are tied to the Georgia state constitution, that the federal court does not hold jurisdiction in the case. Story directed the parties to submit their claims to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

As a result, Story said that the motion for preliminary injunction against removing six of the nine DeKalb school board members was denied and the temporary restraining order issued by the federal court is vacated. Source

You will also recall that the NAACP got involved and characterized the suspensions as racist. One problem, they are all forgetting that at the heart of this squabble is the welfare of the students in DeKalb County and the accreditation of the school district is of paramount importance. Once again, the NAACP was on the wrong side of the debate, calling the governor a ‘dictator’ for suspending six school board members, five of whom are black.  Georgia NAACP President Edward DuBose said, “We’ve fought too hard and bled too long to allow our officials to be removed by a dictator.” So, I am guessing that in the minds of the NAACP leaders they could care less about what happens to the students in the DeKalb County school system. This is yet another example of how ineffective the NAACP has become.

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