UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI: UPHOLD SURVIVORS' CIVIL RIGHTS
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On June 1, 2020, Students for Survivors issued a letter with 7 demands with support from 43 student organizations, 1 department, 365 students, 20 faculty/staff members, 72 alumni, 35 community members, and a Resolution Bill from Undergraduate Student Government to the UC President Neville G. Pinto. On June 12, 2020, SFS received a paragraph response from Pinto citing Bleuzette Marshall’s statement that was released on May 26, 2020. Her statement fails to include tangible ways the University of Cincinnati will ensure gender equity and inclusion is the lived realities for every person. Not once in her statement does she mention sexual violence or survivors. When SFS asked Pinto & Marshall who is on the team reviewing the new regulations, they were ignored.
As of August 7, 2020, the University of Cincinnati has not committed to upholding survivors' civil rights. Changes to Title IX policies and procedures are happening behind closed doors with NO transparency. This is unacceptable.
There are only 7 days left until Devos’ Title IX rules go into effect. Sign on to this petition to demand the University of Cincinnati commit to SFS’ demands and uphold survivors’ civil rights.
Students, Alumni, and Community Members Demand the University of Cincinnati:
- Establish the preponderance of the evidence as the standard of evidence in all campus sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination cases. Preponderance of the evidence is the only standard that values the education of both complainants and respondents equally.
- Maintain a time limit of sixty calendar days for the completion of sexual misconduct, harassment, and discrimination cases, with exceptions only for substantial extenuating circumstances. Lengthy investigations are emotionally taxing on survivors, often causing students to drop-out before their cases are complete. Drawn-out timelines are bad for complainants and respondents alike, leaving them uncertain of where things stand with their schools.
- Continue to respond promptly to reports of and carrying out existing investigations into sexual misconduct during the global health crisis. The new rule makes clear that Title IX processes may continue remotely in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rights of student complainants and respondents alike hinge on schools maintaining their commitment to prompt and equitable investigations even during these unprecedented times.
- Guarantee all students have access to reasonable interim measures regardless of where or when the violence or discrimination they experienced took place. The serious effects of violence and discrimination merit accommodations whether a student was harmed on-campus, on a study-abroad trip, or in their private apartment.
- Create and follow sexual misconduct procedures for investigating otherwise not covered instances of off-campus and study abroad violence. While the rule does not allow formal Title IX investigations of off-campus violence, schools can still create separate sexual misconduct policies that ensure students can report off-campus violence. Whether you are raped in your on-campus dorm room or in another country, having to see your rapist in class equally interrupts your education.
- Bar the use of informal resolution mechanisms including but not limited to mediation in cases of sexual assault, rape, dating and domestic violence, and stalking that is an extension of such violence. It is widely agreed upon that mediation is an inappropriate and even unsafe measure in these types of situations.
- Following the Department of Education’s rescinded 2016 guidance on protecting LGBTQ+ students in order to ensure all students have equal access to a safe learning environment, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
- Allow students to file a sexual misconduct complaint, be granted accommodations, and seek a persona non grata letter against someone who doesn’t attend the University of Cincinnati. Under Devos’ rule, if you’re assaulted at a different school or by someone who doesn’t attend UC, you have no right to open a Title IX complaint against the person at UC. No student should have to fear running into their rapist on campus, or watch their education suffer, because they weren’t assaulted by the ‘right’ person. If UC can bar people from stepping on campus for smoking, they can bar people from campus for raping their students.
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