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New York Times: Adele P. Kimmel, a lawyer with the public interest law group Public Justice, said the university’s decision not to investigate complaints of rape at off-campus fraternity houses appeared to directly contravene the Department of Education guidance and also sent a poor message to those off-campus fraternities. “It’s basically saying to fraternities, ‘Just make sure you commit rape at the fraternities and not on campus,’ ” Ms. Kimmel said.
Two survivors, Sara and Tessa, have filed a lawsuit against Kansas State University (KSU) for refusing to investigate allegations of sexual assaults, including their own, occurring at fraternities. The university's narrow interpretation of Title IX perpetuates a hostile environment for survivors of sexual violence, allows greek members to act with impunity, and endangers the greater KSU community.
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Statement on the Title IX Lawsuit against Kansas State University
End Rape on Campus (EROC), a national survivor-led advocacy organization, stands with Sara and Tessa in the filing of a Title IX lawsuit against Kansas State University.
Kansas State University has taken an unacceptable stance on it Title IX obligations, refusing to investigate Tessa and Sara’s allegations of campus sexual assault because the rapes happened at fraternities, not on campus. KSU has an obligation under Title IX to alleviate a hostile environment that may limit their student’s access to an equitable education. We hear from survivors everyday whose education is severely undermined because they have to face their rapist on campus.
By refusing to investigate Tessa and Sara’s allegations of sexual assault, KSU is allowing fraternities free rein with the ability to violate the student code of conduct with impunity. KSU is not only directly and seriously limiting Tessa and Sara’s access to their education, but the administration is endangering the entire KSU community by refusing to address a hostile climate.
EROC calls on the Kansas State University administration to amend their sexual misconduct investigation practices and investigate allegations of campus sexual assault at its fraternities and elsewhere, as well as improve their policies to ensure that all fraternities are held accountable for misconduct. EROC calls on Kansas State University to do right by Sara and Tessa and investigate their reports of sexual assault that occurred at fraternities.
EROC stands with Sara. EROC stands with Tessa. Their courage in coming forward and holding Kansas State University accountable is inspiring and we are proud to stand with them.
Dear President Myers,
Kansas State University’s narrow interpretation of Title IX perpetuates a hostile environment for survivors of sexual violence, allows greek members to act with impunity, and endangers the greater KSU community.
Fraternity members are three times more likely to commit sexual assault than their non-greek counterparts. In order to end campus sexual assault, university officials at KSU and elsewhere, must hold these organizations accountable for the actions of their members.
We, the undersigned,
Stand with Sara and Tessa in support and solidarity.
Demand KSU investigate Sara and Tessa’s allegations of sexual assault.
Demand KSU amend their policies to investigate all allegations of sexual violence at fraternities.
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