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Title IX investigations face an uncertain future

On September 7, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that her department would review measures put in place during the Obama Administration on how colleges and universities investigate sexual assault, with the idea of changing or even repealing some of them. Those exact change that may be proposed or may go into effect is unknown, Missouri Western’s Title XI Coordinator Adam... Read More

New policy allows students to change preferred name

Starting this spring, a Missouri Western revised a policy in order to allow students to switch to their preferred first name on several university records, joining 159 other colleges and universities in adopting this policy. This change is designed to help the school be more inclusive to all students in order to make them feel more comfortable and to improve their... Read More

New Spaces for New Mothers: Western installs lactation rooms

In Missouri, new mothers are protected under law to be able to breastfeed their child(ren) in public spaces with discretion, but despite legal protection, it can often be difficult or embarrassing for new mother to feed their children while attending classes. Missouri Western has recently designated a series of lactation rooms throughout campus to make new parents more comfortable while... Read More

Western Cracks Down on Sexual Harassment

In compliance with upcoming federal changes to Title IX, the university has implemented new policies regarding discrimination. Title IX discrimination refers to sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and failure to conform to stereotypical notions of femininity and masculinity. Legislation Today Title IX refers to a section of the federal Educations Amendments of 1972, which states (in... Read More

Senator visits Western

Due to new legislation and changes to old understandings, one local politician has taken it upon herself to help educate Missouri college campuses regarding sexual violence. As part of her “Claire on Campus’ tour, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill visited Missouri Western to speak to administrators, faculty members and students about sexual assault. She made her visit on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 4:15... Read More