“Every survivor of sexual violence must be taken seriously, and every student accused of sexual misconduct must know that guilt is not predetermined,” wrote Betsy Devose, secretary of education, in a press release last month. The Federal Department of Education released a new set of proposed regulations that will shape sexual harassment policy.
Cornell will continue to protect transgender individuals from discrimination, despite federal changes in the definition of sex proposed by the Trump administration, the University affirmed in a statement published Friday.
Cornell is investigating a report that male, first-year Cornell Law School students ranked female first-year students on their appearance in a private group chat and whether the behavior violates Title IX policies, according to Dean Eduardo M. Peñalver.
With 199 incidents, Cornell has almost twice the number of incidents reported by students at New York University, which is second on the list with 100 incidents, followed by the University at Albany, with 61.
I have recently had meaningful discussions with several graduate students from Cornell, who have encouraged me to explain to others what I have said to them about the signing of the letter concerning Avital Ronell. I am grateful to these students for their willingness to speak and to listen and to allow me to do the same. I explained to them that, although I have offered to the Cornell students to speak to them either individually or, by anonymous request, as a group, I have previously been reluctant to issue a formal statement or be interviewed for a paper. This is because of the likelihood of distortion in these contexts and because of the tendency for explanations to appear to be excuses, or to appear as attempts to purify oneself by condemning others. Nonetheless, as the students have indicated to me, they found it helpful to hear some of the context for my signing (and that of others), so I am reiterating my comments here.
Chantelle Cleary, incoming Title IX coordinator, told The Sun that she was drawn to Cornell because of the opportunity to work with future leaders on developing meaningful prevention and education efforts surrounding sexual and interpersonal violence.
The professors wrote that the University failed to guarantee the accused student his right to have his questions asked to his accuser and expressed their concern about the way Cornell carried out its procedural protections under Title IX policies.