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‘Terrifying’: Title IX office, students react to new federal regulations

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented a number of new controversial changes announced by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline and drawing concerns from some students and Title IX officials in the process.

By Natalie Frank, Staff Writer

September 4, 2020

Pitt’s Title IX office has implemented controversial new federal Title IX regulations — meeting the federal government’s Aug. 14 deadline — despite strong opposition from some University officials. Carrie Benson said she has many concerns about the new rules, but her office will comply with them.

Pitt requests extension for implementing controversial new Title IX rule

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, issued final rules on May 6 regarding the manner in which universities conduct investigations of sexual misconduct.

By Charlotte Pearse, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

After the federal education department first proposed the new rule at the end of 2018, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher voiced concerns in February 2019 about the requirements for hearings and cross-examination.

Opinion | Trump administration’s Title IX changes hurt survivors

Opinion | Trump administration's Title IX changes hurt survivors

By Genna Edwards, Senior Staff Columnist

May 12, 2020

The mere change in the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment will have wide-reaching, chilling consequences.

Police blotter: March 26 – April 1

U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan said there was no evidence to suggest Rosfeld's resignation was coerced under duress.

By News Editors

April 2, 2020

Title IX reports, a missing drill and a shooting on Meyran in this week's TPN police blotter.

Inside the 7 “innovative solutions” for sexual assault on campus

Chancellor Gallagher announced in January that the University will take several measures to address sexual misconduct issues on campus.

By Neena Hagen and Elise Roessner

February 11, 2020

The University awarded funding in mid-January for seven “innovative solutions” to prevent sexual misconduct on campus, several months after Chancellor Patrick Gallagher called the University’s current approach to preventing sexual misconduct “insufficient”.

Gallagher announces further steps to prevent sexual misconduct

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher plans to establish a yet-to-be-named group within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to develop campus-wide sexual misconduct prevention education programs.

By Rebecca Johnson, Benjamin Nigrosh, and Jon Moss

January 16, 2020

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced in a Thursday press release and at the Thursday afternoon Senate Council meeting that the University is expanding its community-driven response to prevent sexual misconduct.

Diversity and inclusion leader to step down

Pam Connelly, Pitt’s vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and leader of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion, has announced that she will step down in early January.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

November 20, 2019

Pam Connelly — Pitt’s vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and leader of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion — will step down in early January.

Title IX holds town hall in wake of campus climate survey results

Katie Pope, the associate vice chancellor of Civil Rights and Title IX, speaks about the Association of American Universities Pitt campus climate survey at a town hall on Thursday afternoon.

By Jade Chang, Staff Writer

November 15, 2019

Title IX coordinator Katie Pope discussed the results of the Association of American Universities Pitt campus climate survey during a town hall on Thursday, fielding questions from an audience of about 30 people about her office’s mission.

Pitt to fund up to $250k in sexual misconduct prevention projects

Provost Cudd makes a surprise appearance

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

October 30, 2019

Pitt announced Wednesday that it is making up to $250,000 available for faculty and staff to support “innovative solutions” for preventing sexual misconduct on campus.

Oakland Outlook | Sexual assault at Pitt: A survivor’s story

Oakland Outlook | Sexual assault at Pitt: A survivor's story

By Megan Williams, Staff Writer

October 17, 2019

For many students on campus, the truth of sexual trauma is not shocking. Its ramifications are not best understood through statistical data. How do you quantify something that is stolen from you? How do you explain that sexual assault feels devestatingly familiar and inevitable to its victims?

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