Harvard College mandated for the first time this year that undergraduates complete an online sexual harassment training, or else face consequences.
New Title IX guidelines the U.S. Department of Education is reportedly considering would likely force Harvard to change its policy and procedures for addressing sexual assault and harassment, according to legal experts.
The College has offered versions of the training in recent years, but until this coming year, students have faced no consequences for failing to complete them.
Organizers timed the campaign to coincide with Commencement, a time of year they say brings together people across Harvard and provides a platform for demanding change.
Economics Professor Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is being investigated separately by Harvard and the state of Massachusetts and has been barred by University officials from setting foot in the research lab he heads.
Members of the union’s organizing committee voted to form the group to advocate for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Faculty and staff across Harvard will be required to complete an online training on the University’s sexual and gender-based harassment policy starting in the fall.
Harvard Business School has updated its Title IX training modules on sexual harassment amid criticisms of the trainings.
Roughly 30 percent of surveyed members of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences say they know at least one person in their department who has experienced sexual harassment.
The rally—organized by the student-led Every Voice Coalition—supported two bills currently in House committees.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has filed a formal Title IX complaint against Government Professor Jorge I. Dominguez, according to correspondence obtained by The Crimson.
A federal judge ruled last month that former associate professor Kimberly S. Theidon failed to prove Harvard violated Title IX policies in denying her tenure.
Harvard is launching an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Government Prof. Dominguez—an inquiry that may take shape as a Title IX investigation.