By: Dayton Bissett
A workshop over Title IX was held in Wilson Hall 206 on Jan. 29 to offer students a new understanding of the policy.
Student Adam Meisinger said the workshop is as to why this workshop was important.
“It’s important for people to come talk to us so they can learn how to write an effective comment,” Meisinger said. “Students can learn about the Title IX rule changes and gain a better understanding over it all.”
Senior Megan Schreiner is a criminal justice major with a concentration in legal studies and thinks the workshop is very helpful.
“Not only does this workshop tell us how to submit a comment, but it makes a comment look more professional,” Schreiner said. “Most people don’t truly know about this Title IX related stuff, and more importantly, they don’t know how to do anything with it. This workshop is meant for students to come figure out things like that and learn how to submit an issue regarding anything Title IX related. It’s also meant for us to answer any questions they might have over the topic.”
Professor in the criminal justice department, David Tushaus, ran the workshop and said statistics show that most sexual harassments and assaults that are occurring on college campuses and in society aren’t getting reported.
“We need to work toward finding a better way to help people come forward when these problems occur because many of the perpetrators who engage in this kind of behavior are recidivists,” Tushaus said. “They keep doing it over and over again. I’m not that interested so much in making sure we punish the bad guy, I think it’s important to stop the bad behavior and hopefully stop it the first time instead of the tenth time.”
Part of what this workshop was about, was to get a better understanding of the new Title IX rule changes proposal. According to Tushaus, the new proposed Title IX rules are worse than they were before.
“These are not improvements at all,” Tushaus said. “People can differ on this, but in my opinion, rule changes can be a mistake. For example, under the present system, every university employee is a mandatory reporter. If a student or a fellow employee comes to the professor and complains about sexual harassment or sexual assault, the professor would have to start the investigation process by going to the Title IX coordinator.”
Tushaus explained that the proposed rules may make it difficult to address a sensitive issue.
“Under the proposed rule, they would change that so the professor would have to send the victim to the Title IX coordinator. We’re talking about a very sensitive issue that is way under reported on campuses already. That’s why the previous administration created these mandatory reporter requirements, so that it would help improve the reporting and improve addressing problems in sexual harassment and sexual assault. There’s also other examples of problems in these new rules that make matters worse instead of better.”
Tushaus says it’s important for students to understand that they can be apart of this process.
“It’s about being a citizen in a democracy. It’s a very unique opportunity for people to actually state what they think about a rule,” Tushaus said.