Sexual harassment lawsuits try Title IX tactic

August 2002
Contemporary Sexuality;Aug2002, Vol. 36 Issue 8, p10
The article focuses on the new legal strategy used to combat sexual harassment in academic institutions. Title IX, most often associated with equal rights for female athletes, is becoming a new legal measure against sexual assaults. The director for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund said that plaintiffs began using it in rape and sexual harassment cases against schools receiving federal money. A former student at the University of Missouri at Columbia has accused university officials of engaging in a pattern of sexual discrimination. The student claims that the university's handling of gender-related crimes at fraternities violated Title IX. In one case members of a fraternity were accused of having raped four women over 18 months. In response, the plaintiff charges, the university conducted an internal inquiry, engaged in educational programming about sexual assaults, yet allowed the fraternity to remain in good standing. But when a member of another fraternity was hospitalized from excessive alcohol consumption, it was put on probation and restricted from pledge recruitment.


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