2 Professors Demand Protection for Sexually Assaulted Students

2 Professors Demand Better Support for Sexually Assaulted Students 1

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Caroline Heldman (at rear) and Danielle Dirks (left), faculty members who put their names atop a Title IX complaint against Occidental College, talk with students at a meeting of the Oxy Sexual Assault Coalition.

Well after midnight, two professors at Occidental College hung up the phone. They had been speaking with an advocate for stronger enforcement of campus sexual-assault policy. The call confirmed that they had to take charge.

The professors, Danielle M. Dirks and Caroline E. Heldman, say the conversation in March clinched their decision to put their names atop a federal complaint that Occidental administrators had mistreated and created a hostile environment for students who reported