Students and faculty come together to discuss campus assault

Brianna Parker, Web Editor

December 4, 2015

Sexual assault affects all aspects of life, including mental health and spiritual well-being, student leaders stated at a forum to address sexual assault this Tuesday. The community seems to agree as approximately 70 community members, students and faculty attended including President Jane Fernandes.

The forum included three student testimonies of personal interactions with the judicial system in cases of sexual assault and rape. There was also a panel of students and faculty who answered questions regarding the judicial process as it exists now, and steps being taken to improve the system.

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Sexual assault and campus justice

Nicholas Carratu, Staff Writer

November 13, 2015

This article is the last part of a series highlighting Guilford College’s sexual assault policies.

Restorative justice has several elements that distinguish it from the traditional criminal justice system. Central to its philosophy is the involvement of all parties who have been affected rather than just the accused. When discussing the harm that has been done, restorative justice creates an opportunity for healing and repairing relationships, rather than isolating and vilifying those who have been accused of creating harm.

“This process can be applied to the college community in a number of ways to repair fractured relationships and build trust,” said Assistant Professor of Justice and Policy Studies Krista Craven. “However, when it comes to dealing with sexual violence, the safety and well-being of victims should be the priority. I believe they should not have to face their offenders in restorative processes or on campus in general.”

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Talking isn’t enough to address sexual assault

Annie Fullwood, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015

Count the of number consent t-shirts next time you take a walk around campus. They might say “Consent is Sexy” or “Netflix and chill does not equal yes.”

These shirts are just one example of how far-reaching Guilford’s movement against sexual assault and harassment. And in a country where one in every five first-year women has experienced an attempted or completed rape, these campaigns are more valuable than ever.

Fortunately, Guilford College addresses sexual assault in a range of ways. Sexual Assault Awareness Support & Advocacy is a student-run organization on campus.

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Title IX sexual assault investigation continues

Nicholas Carratu, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015

In 2014, Guilford College was involved in a Title IX investigation, along with 55 other colleges and universities, by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for the mishandling of sexual assaults reported on campus. The number of colleges on the list has since increased to 117.

Coincidently that year, the College also saw a sudden increase in sexual assaults with a total of nine incidents. According to 10 years of annual security and fire safety reports, the last time that many incidents occurred was during the 2005-2006 school year.

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Sexual assault investigation spurs policy and social changes

Lily Lou, Staff Writer September 5, 2014 Filed under News

On May 1, under Title IX’s gender equality provision, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released a list of 55 universities—which has now expanded to 76 universities including Guilford College — under investigation for their handling of sexual assault cases. Since then, Guilford has made several changes to its sexual assault policy.

“Guilford has always taken sexual misconduct very seriously and has investigated promptly and thoroughly any case we became aware of, except in instances where the student requested that no further action be taken,” said Jen Agor, interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

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