Category Archives: Sexual Misconduct

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Another Top Administrator at the U. of Southern California Is Out After Claims of Misconduct

David Carrera, the University of Southern California’s vice president for fund raising, left his post last week amid an internal investigation of his treatment of women, the Los Angeles Times reports.

His departure is the latest in a string of controversies for the university. Just one week ago the medical-school dean, Rohit Varma, was removed amid claims that he had sexually harassed and retaliated against a woman he supervised in 2003. Before that, the Times reported on the drug-fueled partyin…

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U. of Southern California Rejects $5-Million Pledge From Harvey Weinstein

The allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the movie magnate Harvey Weinstein were enough to make the University of Southern California on Tuesday reject his pledge of $5 million for a scholarship program for female directors, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The USC School of Cinematic Arts will not proceed with Mr. Weinstein’s pledge to fund a $5M endowment for women filmmakers,” the university said in a statement to the Reporter.

The decision followed explosive revelations …

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U. of Southern California Removes Medical-School Dean as Newspaper Reports Sexual-Misconduct Claim

Another medical-school dean has toppled at the University of Southern California amid the disclosure of alleged unsavory behavior.

The university on Thursday removed as dean Rohit Varma, an ophthalmologist, as the Los Angeles Times was about to publish an article describing his alleged sexual harassment of and alleged retaliation against a young woman he supervised in 2003, an episode that only briefly deflected his career.

The news broke just two and a half months after the Times published its …

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Senate Democrats Urge DeVos to Reinstate Obama Guidance on Sexual-Assault Policy

Democratic lawmakers are “extremely disappointed” in Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on campus sexual-assault policy, says a letter to her from 32 Senate Democrats.

“Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault and members of Congress who have asked you to leave the previous guidance in place,” the senators wrote. Led by Patty Murray, of Washington, they said the new guidance was “already creatin…

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Education Dept. Replaces Obama-Era Title IX Directives With New Interim Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education has rescinded two pieces of Obama-era guidance that told colleges how they should handle issues related to campus sexual assault, and has replaced them with new interim guidance, the department announced on Friday.

In a speech this month, the education secretary, Betsy DeVos, announced that the department would begin a process for replacing the Obama-era guidance. The department’s action on Friday withdrew two key documents: a 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter, which …

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Civil-Rights Official Lists Attacking Hillary Clinton on Résumé

Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, listed on her résumé her work investigating and attacking the 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Politico reports.

Under the section “My Top 5 Qualifications for an Administrative Position,” Ms. Jackson listed her work for President Trump in the 2016 election, including attending the second presidential debate with “Clinton accusers,” or women who had accused former President Bill Clint…

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U.S. Asks Court to Put Hold on Lawsuit as It Reviews 2011 Title IX Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday asked a federal court to put on hold for 90 days a lawsuit challenging hotly contested guidance from the Obama administration on campus sexual-assault policy, while the department reviews the guidance that is being challenged.

In 2011 the department’s Office for Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that ratcheted up pressure on colleges to deal with reports of sexual misconduct promptly and equitably. The letter argued that the federal gender-…

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Groups Call on Civil-Rights Official to Reject ‘90 Percent’ Statement on Campus-Rape Cases

More than 50 groups have signed a letter demanding that Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, reject a statement she made this month in a New York Times interview. Ms. Jackson told the newspaper that “90 percent” of campus sexual-assault accusations resulted from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter. Ms. Jackson has since apologized, calling the remarks “flippant.”

In the letter the National Women’s Law Center, joined by other…

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Key Democrat Calls for DeVos to Remove Top Civil-Rights Official

Updated (7/17/2017, 6:53 p.m.) with statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The top Democrat on the Senate education committee, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, is calling for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to remove Candice E. Jackson as the top civil-rights official in the Education Department after her “callous” comments on campus sexual assault.

“In the three months she has been acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson’s words and actions have made it clear wh…

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Civil-Rights Official Apologizes for Saying 90% of Campus Rape Cases Stem From Regret

Updated (7/12/2017, 7:06 p.m.) with Ms. Jackson’s statement apologizing for her comments.

Candice E. Jackson, acting assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, apologized late Wednesday for telling The New York Times, in an article published earlier in the day, that “90 percent” of accusations of sexual assault on colleges campuses stemmed from an accuser’s regret over a sexual encounter.

In a statement released by the department, Ms. Jackson said: “As a survivor o…