More on Sexual Assault on Campus

Serious questions have now been raised about the horrific story of pre-meditated rape recounted in the Rolling Stone article. The story seems to change hourly, with emerging discussion of the ethics of how online versions of apologies and clarifications related to the story have been reported. My primary interest in the UVA story all along are the new (and developing) standards for adjudicating sexual assault at Duke (prior posts 1, 2, 3), a process that began long before the Rolling Stone piece.

The Duke Chronicle wrote about the changes in policy, this past week, and also had an interview with Duke’s new Title IX coordinator who started work on December 1, 2014 and who will play a key role in the adjudication of sexual assault on campus moving ahead.

I am fine with and agree with Duke clarifying and strengthening its standards about sexual assault. I have now had two conversations with undergraduates in my class this semester, and was struck with how little they knew about the changing rules and standards. Making the new policies shared standards will take time, and I remain somewhat worried about getting the process of enforcing the new rules correct. Clearly a key next step is the arrival of Duke’s new Title IX coordinator.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute), and Chair of the Academic Council at Duke University . I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy. My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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