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Tenured Radical is out of town and a little slow on the flip-flop lately, but here’s news: following an incident in which fraternity pledges chanted sexist slurs on the Old Campus last fall, sixteen Yale students have filed charges with the federal government that Yale University has a sexually hostile environment. As CBS News reported in its online edition,
“What we’re saying is that Yale, in its failure to respond to both public and private instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault, has said to the campus ‘this is OK’,” said plaintiff Alexandra Brodsky.
That belief pushed Brodsky, Hannah Zeavin, and 14 other men and women at Yale to file a complaint, charging the university has repeatedly failed to take action on harassment and sex crimes, including rape.
The students, who include men and women, are alleging a Title IX violation, and the Department of Education has launched an investigation
This follows on the occupation of an administrative building at Dickinson College earlier this semester by students demanding that anti-rape efforts be jacked up at that school. Here’s a hint, ladies: if you’ve asked for action at your school and they don’t hire anyone, if your school offers “consent training” rather than anti-rape workshops, they don’t open a women’s center, faculty are not receiving mandatory sexual harassment training, and the bulk of the website on rape is still devoted to all the things you, as a woman, can do to “avoid” being raped — your school might benefit from a Title IX investigation too.