CUNY submitted its formal response to the proposed U.S. Department of Education Regulations to Implement Title IX. The comment was crafted by a team of CUNY leaders, chaired by Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson, a renowned legal scholar on sexual harassment. It concludes that the proposed guidelines would unreasonably narrow the definition of sexual harassment and constrict the circumstances under which colleges may respond to allegations; improperly reduce the responsibilities of colleges to investigate and sanction sexual harassment; mandate costly and burdensome grievance procedures for formal resolution of complaints; and undermine the due process rights of students choosing informal resolution of complaints of harassment.
“By contrast, New York State’s Enough is Enough statute, signed into law by Gov. Cuomo in 2015, encourages students to come forward with complaints, provides support for those who endure sexual harassment and safeguards the rights of both the accusers and the accused,” said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “It is among the most comprehensive and aggressive pieces of legislation in the U.S. to combat sexual assault on public and private college and university campuses statewide. We fervently oppose measures that make it harder for students to come forward, receive justice and, above all, to partake of the invaluable educational opportunities that CUNY provides.”
The formal response submitted by CUNY to the U.S. Department of Education can be read here.
The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields. The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.
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