The government is instituting new guidelines for campus sexual assualt for all colleges and universities that receive federal funding. Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at the University of New Hampshire, renowned for its sexual-assault-prevention program, about the new guidelines.
No means no. No means no if you’re drunk or if you’re sober. No means no if you’re in bed in a dorm or on the street. No means no, even if you said yes at first, and you changed your mind.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Under the Education Department guidelines, schools informed about sexual harassment or violence must take immediate action to stop the abuse and prevent it from happening again. Regardless of whether a victim files a complaint, the school must investigate the incident, even if a criminal investigation is underway.
Schools must also have sex discrimination policies in place and an employee responsible for managing the institution’s compliance with Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs. Sexual violence is included in the definition of that discrimination. Finally, schools must make procedures for filing complaints based on Title IX violations clearly available.
An Education Department report found that 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men are likely to be victims of attempted sexual assault while in college. Yale and Notre Dame are just two of a number of high-profile schools that’ve been hit by sexual assault scandals over the last year.