CSUN may not be affected by Title IX decision

president Dianne F. Harrison wearing traditional teal blue and black graduation garment
President Dianne F. Harrison has said they will not waiver in their loyalty to the Title IX program. Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Photo Editor

On Friday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced its withdrawal of the guidelines that play a key role in helping colleges and universities address sexual violence.

Title IX is the sexual harassment education amendment, addressing sexual misconduct and gender-based discrimination. After this announcement students may no longer have protection from discrimination.

DeVos wants to do away with the Obama era agreement for Title IX on rights for students. The guidelines which were from OCR’s 2011 Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence and the 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, according to InsideHigher Ed.

But for CSUN students President Dianne Harrison is planning to fight the order and she made a statement addressing it.

“I want to clearly communicate to our campus community that we will not waver in our commitment to Title IX and its protections,” Harrison said.

“CSUN does not stand for sexual misconduct and California’s law and the CSU system has policies (Executive Orders 1095, 1096 and 1097),” according to President Harrison’s letter.

Dr. Rebecca Clark Mane, Communication Studies Department lecturer, said, “The reason that men and women fought to implement Title IX in the 1960s and ’70s was because women were not considered as important or valuable students as their straight male counterparts. It was assumed they were merely at the university to achieve their MRS degree (‘marry a college man’) rather than a BA, MA, or beyond.”

Since 1972, Title IX and certain other federal and state laws stopped discrimination based off of gender or sexual orientation when it comes to university employment and educational activities on and off campus. Even the Chancellor of CSU made a statement with the move that DeVos has made regarding the Title IX ruling.

“I assure you CSU’s existing policies will continue to protect our students and employees, and provide a fair process to all. Our comprehensive policies comply with federal and state laws and regulations — and remain in full force and effect,” said Timothy White, Chancellor of CSU.

Two professors on campus provided their thoughts on the matter for DeVos’s ruling to withdraw from Obama era agreements.

“For Betsy DeVos to disregard this massive collective effort is not to create policy based on fact or efficacy, but rather sends a disheartening and disconfirming message to students,” said Dr. Mane.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 11.2% of all graduate and undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault. Two years ago there were 26 sexual assaults reported to the CSUN Police Department. CSUN has a Title IX Office where trained investigators and students are becoming aware of where to report and what sexual assault is.

After hearing about DeVos’s stand on Title IX and the way it may affect students, Communications major Bader Alotaibi said, “We have to stand up together and tell people in power that they can’t do that, it is not right. Whether it is male, female, masculine, feminine, we all have to stand together.”

“Withdrawing the 2011 guidelines also weakens the enforcement of Title IX, a law intended to protect all people from sex and gender discrimination,” said Xochitl Alvizo, assistant professor of Religious Studies.

President Harrison’s letter encouraged students to use the resources that are available on campus. From the University Counseling Services to on-campus support groups for women, men, deaf/hard of hearing, other disabilities, LGBTQI and other cultures.

Television Production major Mariana Garcia thinks this is a serious issue because she knows victims, and it’s hard for them to speak about their experiences. “I think [on-campus resources] are beneficial because victims still have memories that they have to carry.”

  • Inwit Us

    Extremist Supply Co. asks Education Department to buy belts to beat children

    GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – 09/27/2017 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Extremist Supply Company announces the opening of their display at ArtPrize9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Extremist Supply Company will use ArtPrize9, a DeVos family funded art project, as a vehicle for discussion directly with the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

    Extremist Supply Company, is a parody website that portrays the attitudes and beliefs of many Fundamentalist Christians. These beliefs include Corporal Punishment as a good practice which is condoned by the Bible and endorsed by God. The Extremist Supply Company satirizes this belief by displaying Fundamentalismtm Belts, to beat children.

    The Artist, and ArtPrize9 participant, Daniel Vander Ley, has spent the last two weeks on the road traveling to Kansas and Tennessee to confront legislators about their use of corporal punishment (spanking) in the classrooms of our public schools. 31 States, including the Secretary of Education’s home state of Michigan, have outlawed this practice. Their Decisions, over 25 years ago, were based on countless research articles stating that Corporal Punishment is a danger to children and the communal welfare. The National Institute of Health hosts an exhaustive archive of research showing correlations between Corporal Punishment and: Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Anxiety Disorders, Lower Wages, Lower Educational Obtainment, future Wife Beating, and increased Drug Use and Alcoholism. This research is available to everyone in the world … free of charge. Regardless of the research, 19 states still use corporal punishment in Public Schools, although the health consequences of these hitting sessions have been well-studied.

    Extremist Supply Company today announces a public request for the Secretary of Education and the Department of Education to open a RFQ for uniform corporal punishment instruments to beat America’s school children. The Extremist Supply Company will be submitting a bid, and will be hopeful to win a contract to cover the roughly 200,000 spanking sessions per year across the United States.

    You can follow the conversation between Vander Ley and Secretary DeVos at:

    GrandRapidsValues.Com (where Daniel Vander Ley has a little chat about Grand Rapids Values)

    GrandRapidsDecision.Com (where Daniel Vander Ley will post the Secretary of Education’s Decision on Ending Corporal Punishment in American Schools).

    You can see Extremist Supply Company (ESC), live at ArtPrize9 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ESC is graciously hosted by Zoko822, located at the corners of Ionia Ave. NW and Newberry St. NW, open 11am – 6pm most days.

    Full Text of Extremist Supply Company’s Letter to Secretary DeVos:

    Dear Secretary DeVos,

    I am honored to write to you today. As a small business owner, I was hoping to ascertain your need for my company’s discipline products. I write to offer you corporal punishment products from our newest line, Fundamentalismtm. I am pleased to offer our Fundamentalismtm Belts, which have been pretested for quality and performance.

    I write today in hopes that the Education Department will open a RFQ and give a small business the chance to supply our American education system with uniform corporal punishment implements. As the Secretary of Education, you are aware that your organization oversees roughly 200,000 spanking sessions per year, This makes the Department of Education one of the top spankers in the world. What’s even worse, these sessions are disproportionately targeted at children with disabilities and the minority population.

    Extremist Supply Co. is honored to be considered to have our Fundamentalismtm Belts used as the only corporal punishment tool of the United States education system.

    I have enclosed a sample, #1 of 100 of a limited run, for your evaluation. I request that you sample the quality of our Fundamentalismtm Belt personally, in the field. States where corporal punishment is practiced on a regular basis are: WY, MO, KY, AR, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, OK, AZ, TX, ID, SD, CO, KS, IN.

    If you have any questions, we would be happy to host you for a conversation at our ArtPrize Nine booth located at Ionia Ave. & Newberry St. You can always visit us online at http://www.ExtremistSupply.Co

    We look forward to a definitive statement from you on our Grand Rapids Values before the end of ArtPrize9.

    Thank you and kind regards,

    Daniel Vander Ley

    “ESC” ArtPrize Nine, 2017

    Video at: grandrapidsvalues.com