Georgetown Students and Alumni Support the Dear Colleague Letter
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On Thursday, September 7, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Trump administration will open a “notice and comment” period, beginning the process of creating new regulations around Title IX. DeVos has targeted many of the policies put in place in recent years aiming to protect survivors of sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. As student leaders in sexual assault awareness and prevention work at Georgetown, we see this action as a dangerous move away from survivor-centric policies and a signal that our national government is not taking seriously the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses.
The recent action by the Trump administration concerning Title IX demands that Georgetown reaffirm its commitment to this cause. In order to make clear that addressing sexual violence remains a priority, Georgetown must publicly commit to continue upholding the standards of the Dear Colleague Letter and working to end sexual violence on campus. We are currently in the “red zone”, the six week period of the beginning of an academic year when students are most likely to be sexually assaulted, and now should be a time when we all recommit to tackling the ongoing problem of sexual violence. The Trump administration has shown they are more interested in standing with perpetrators than survivors, but Georgetown cannot do the same.
Today, we are releasing a petition calling on Georgetown to make this public commitment. We can do more and be better, regardless of the shameful choices the current presidential administration might continue to make on this issue. We hope you join us.
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