2017 saw tectonic changes—ranging from Harvard's decision to keep the College's controversial social life policy to its launch of a presidential search destined to chart the course for decades to come. The Crimson reviews ten stories that defined a tempestuous year.
According to the report, 43 individuals across Harvard filed formal complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment during 2016-2017, an increase from 26 the year before.
Harvard is facing two previously unreported federal investigations into its compliance with anti-sex discrimination Title IX.
The Undergraduate Council expressed “disappointment” with Harvard’s decision not to officially take a stance on the Deptartment of Education’s changing federal Title IX guidelines.
The College used input from undergraduate focus groups to update its sexual assault prevention training modules for 2017, according to Title IX Coordinator Emily J. Miller.
Harvard is “reviewing” new guidelines cancelling a requirement that colleges use the lowest standard of proof when judging whether an accused student is guilty of sexual assault.
The government could still find Harvard in violation of Title IX more than three years after the Office for Civil Rights first launched the probe in April 2014.
A complaint that spurred a federal investigation into the College’s compliance with Title IX cited all-male final clubs as “major site[s] of sexual violence."
Some of Harvard's anti-sexual assault activists are concerned that the review will work to "silence survivors of sexual violence."
In a memo to the Department of Education, the faculty members push for revisions of Obama-era Title IX standards that govern how universities respond to campus sexual harassment and assault..
A pamphlet providing information about transgender rights distributed by the College’s Office for BGLTQ Student Life drew attention and criticism from various conservative and Christian websites over the past week.
As Harvard has searched for administrators to lead its Title IX office and bolster efforts to comply with federal guidelines, it continues to turn to staffers with firsthand experience in enforcing them.
Student activists and professors question whether the restructuring of Harvard's Title IX Office's will lead to substantive improvements.