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Diversity and Inclusion office reorganized in October

Katie Pope is the coordinator of the Title IX office. The Title IX office will now be included in a division with civil rights, after the Office of Diversity and Inclusion separates into two divisions: Inclusion and Access, and Civil Rights and Title IX.

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

October 9, 2019

Pitt announced Wednesday that it reorganized the offices of Diversity and Inclusion and Disability Resources and Services at the beginning of October.

October 1, 2019: Title IX Office discusses accessibility at first Town Hall

October 2, 2019

For the first time since its creation in 2015, Pitt’s Title IX office released data this summer reporting its activity over the course of the school year. According to Katie Pope, the coordinator of the Title IX office, the report is part of a general push to make the office more accessible to the...

Title IX releases data, holds first-ever town hall

Katie Pope, the coordinator of the Title IX office, talks about the push to make her office more accessible.

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

October 1, 2019

Title IX coordinator Katie Pope said at the sparsely-attended town hall that the office hopes to “be more present” on campus starting this year.

Pitt Unmuted talks sexual violence

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania Violence Prevention Program Manager Jose Garth spoke with Pitt Unmuted Tuesday night about toxic masculinity and gender issues.

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

February 27, 2019

Pitt Unmuted, a student group that helps facilitate environments where survivors of sexual assault can share their stories, began in 2017 with a focus on collecting written and visual submissions from its members. But the group also looks for ways to actively prevent sexual violence.

DeVos’ proposal hurts survivors of sexual assault

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a news conference in Coral Springs, Florida, after meeting with students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on March 7.

By Anne Marie Yurik, Senior Staff Columnist

November 26, 2018

Even though Title IX is usually meant to protect the victims of sexual assault, DeVos' new plan, which tries to protect those accused over the victims, is a step backward.

College athletes shouldn’t get a free pass for sexual assault

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston (3) attempts a pass in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The Vikings won, 34-17. (Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 8, 2018

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Jameis Winston takes the field, the crowd is focused on one thing — the game. Winston, at only 24 years old, is one of the best in the league. A former Florida State Seminole, he has had a stellar professional career so far — 12,149 all-purpose ya...

Pitt Title IX to investigate harassment allegations from early 2000s

An office on the 14th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, where Pitt's Department of Communication is located. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 16, 2017

Pitt’s Title IX office will open an investigation after a former professor published an article Wednesday alleging harassment and discrimination in the Department of Communication in the early 2000s. Carol Stabile, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Communication from 1994-2005, described her ...

DeVos takes backward step on sexual assault

Education Sec. Betsy DeVos listens during a meeting with President Donald Trump in April 11. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Erica Brandbergh | Columnist

September 11, 2017

For a cabinet member who’s already one of the most controversial in the Trump administration, it would have seemed difficult for U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to become even more divisive. Then she started to talk about rape on campus. DeVos gave a speech on Sept. 7 at George Mason University...

Lawmakers add legislation to “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual assault

Pitt's Student Government Board displayed 4,200 signed

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

September 7, 2017

Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the “It’s on Us PA” campaign Wednesday, announcing legislation aimed at ending sexual assault in schools across Pennsylvania. Joined by college students in the Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Wolf and state lawmakers announced six new bills focused on improving reporting for s...

Transgender working group pushes gender inclusivity, education

The Trans Working Group aims to study and evaluate University-wide transgender policies and make suggestions improve the experiences of trans students.
(Photo Courtesy of Kate Shindle)

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

August 28, 2017

Before joining Pitt’s transgender working group, Kate Shindle knew little about the obstacles to building gender-neutral restrooms. “It’s not just as easy as saying that, ‘We need a gender-neutral restroom somewhere,’” Shindle, a senior biology major, said. “It’s also like, ‘Where...

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