Mandatory changes to Title IX allows the opportunity to avoid expulsion or suspension for students.
Just one year after the Title IX legislation passed, nearly 295,000 women were welcomed into the world of sports, and as of 2011, over 3 million women were participating in sports, both in high school and college. A screening of the film “Sporting Chance: The Lasting Legacy of Title IX” was shown Wednesday at the Beach Auditorium in honor of Women’s History Month. The film talked about the 1972 legislation that prohibited sexual discrimination in education and sports. The event, “Title IX: Let Them Play,” kicked off at 7 p.m. with a special recognition of former athletes who currently work at the university. Four former female athletes of the university were called to the front of the auditorium to receive certificates of recognition. “Sometimes I feel like I take my ability to play sports for granted, especially after seeing that documentary,” said Anaïs Dallara, assistant tennis coach. Dallara, one of the panelists, said that even though women’s issues have made progress in society, she has still faced inequality in athletics. She described a time when she was sent to an unkempt back-court for one of her tennis matches six years ago. She later found out that it was because the
After a long work week, 25-year-old Shayda Monjezi, a Cal State Long Beach film graduate, decided to unwind with a few drinks in Downtown Long Beach. But her night took a turn when she was almost assaulted by a drunk pedestrian. A man attempted to get her attention by whistling at her and when Monjezi ignored him, he followed her. Once Monjezi reached her car, the man tried to plant an unwanted kiss. She threatened to call the police, which ultimately prompted him to flee. Because Monjezi was intoxicated, she decided it was in her best interest to brush the incident off in order to avoid any further implications for the night. “That’s Long Beach for you,” said Monjezi, referring to the incident. Other areas in Long Beach, such as Belmont Shore or the 4th Street bar crawl, are popular among students despite harassment being a common threat.. These situations, however, often remain unreported. Ernesto Escotto, a 25-year-old cook who works at Sancho’s Tacos on 2nd Street, said that he had witnessed a woman getting harassed by a drunk man in the restaurant. “He was just being a drunk asshole, “ Escotto said. “He was trying to hold her hand
Sexual assault and harassment are prevalent on college campuses, and the decision by Secretary of Education Betsy Devos on Sept. 22 to withdraw former President Barack Obama’s letter from Title IX will make it even more so. The changes to Title IX will make victims of assault less likely to speak up — pausing any reform on sexual violence throughout college campuses. In 2011, the Obama administration sent the Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Assault to all colleges receiving federal funding. The letter stated that the result of sexual assault cases should be decided upon “preponderance of evidence,” meaning the decision will be in favor of whichever side has more substantial evidence to support them. In a criminal trial, there needs to be “evidence beyond a reasonable doubt” for the defendant to be prosecuted. Title IX exists for campuses to help create a safe environment for its students, not launch a criminal investigation. Colleges shouldn’t need “evidence beyond a reasonable doubt.” If a student feels unsafe and provides enough evidence, then universities should punish the accused with suspension or expulsion. This is what Title IX defends. Passed in 1972, Title IX states there should be no sexual discrimination in educational
An era of strict policy came to a close last Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced changes regarding Title IX and the subsequent withdrawal of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Assault. The U.S. Department of Education released an interim Q&A that outlines the department’s current expectations for public schools at all levels, including universities, for the time being as the DOE revises regulations. “This interim guidance will help schools as they work to combat sexual misconduct and will treat all students fairly,” added DeVos in a statement released by the Department of Education. “Schools must continue to confront these horrific crimes and behaviors head-on. There will be no more sweeping them under the rug. But the process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes.” Passed by Congress in 1972, Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sexual discrimination in any educational institutions that receive federal funding. The intent was to eliminate sex-based discrimination in schools and athletics, but several Supreme Court rulings have relied on the statute as an umbrella for protections against sexual harassment and assault. “I think [CSULB] will continue to do what we do to