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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a survivor advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support, public education, and policy and legislative reform.

We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence on campus interested in filing federal complaints, organizing for change, or drawing public attention to hold their schools accountable.

We have assisted hundreds of students at dozens of schools file Title IXClery Act, and other civil rights complaints to seek justice and reform.

Student Files Title IX Complaint Against the University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Student Files Title IX Complaint Against the University of Alabama at Birmingham

End Rape On Campus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2017

Student Files Title IX Complaint Against the University of Alabama at Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—On October 25th, 2017, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) student Blake Kitterman, with assistance from End Rape on Campus (EROC), filed a federal Title IX complaint with the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) for knowingly maintaining a hostile environment by allowing a perpetrator of sexual violence found responsible by UAB’s own conduct process to remain on campus.

Blake was sexually assaulted by a UAB student. Afterwards, he reported the incident to the Title IX office at UAB. Blake was subjected to a process that lasted nearly triple the 60-day timeline for investigations recommended by the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, which was in effect at the time of Blake’s assault. Eventually, UAB found Blake’s perpetrator responsible for violating three counts of the university’s sexual misconduct policy, which ultimately resulted in the perpetrator’s suspension. However, a few weeks later, due to UAB rewriting their policy, the perpetrator was allowed back on campus.

Blake wanted to appeal this discriminatory decision, yet he has been denied access to his records from this case. Furthermore, he was told that if he wanted access to audiotapes of the hearing, he must individually pay for a third party to transcribe the hearing where his assailant was found responsible. Even then, he would only be allowed to see the transcribed documents in a supervised setting for a limited amount of time.

It is clear from both Blake’s case and from cases of survivors like him that institutional failure to fairly and equitably adjudicate campus sexual assault still runs rampant. Yet, Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education’s recent rollbacks of protections for survivors further tip the scales in favour of rapists and perpetrators. We call upon the Department of Education to investigate this case against UAB, to consider the ramifications of what Blake and so many others like him have been subjected to on campuses across the country, and to continue to enforce Title IX and ensure protections for survivors.

For press inquiries please contact Annie E. Clark, Executive Director, End Rape on Campus at aelizabethclark@endrapeoncampus.org.

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End Rape on Campus (EROC) is a national survivor-led nonprofit dedicated to ending gender based violence on college campuses through survivor support, prevention through education, and policy advocacy. You can learn more at www.endrapeoncampus.org.

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