This is a sketch of the past year, one in which Harvard students, faculty, and administrators grappled head-on with the realities and prevalence of campus sexual assault.
The difficulty having an evidence kit performed, according to Harvard officials, is a result of Massachusetts law and the absence of emergency facilities at Harvard University Health Services.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a Harvard-inspired bill to preserve rights of sexual assault victims, bringing the legislation one step closer to law.
University President Drew G. Faust redoubled her criticisms of Harvard’s all-male final clubs as exclusive, discriminatory, and inconsistent with the values of a liberal arts education, making the case for penalizing members of the social groups in a video for The Atlantic.
On Monday, Harvard responded to Leader’s suit, arguing that Leader’s claims do not amount to any kind of legal violation or injury.
Harvard filed its initial response, which indicates the University will seek to throw out the complainant’s claims instead of settle, four months after after Alyssa R. Leader ’15 initially opened the lawsuit in federal court.
Harvard topped the list for Massachusetts universities with 33 reported rapes that occurred on its campus in Cambridge.
Despite efforts to improve trainings, some have suggested the brief sessions on their own may be insufficient.
For cases involving students, sexual assault and harassment investigations often last more than 4 months—well beyond the 60-day window that the federal agency recommends for the entire process.
Dozens of undergraduate women involved in sororities and female final clubs are taking to social media to defend their organizations and criticize a new Harvard policy that will penalize involvement in all unrecognized single-gender social groups.