Campus Safety

An appeals court in Texas granted mandamus relief to Baylor University, which claimed the trial court improperly ordered the deposition of the university’s president in a lawsuit brought by a student who claimed she was sexually assaulted in 2017 by multiple football players. The student failed to show the president had “unique or superior personal knowledge” that the school’s campus was unsafe.

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College Sexual Assault Rules Changed to Give More Rights to Accused

The Trump administration released new rules Wednesday for how universities should address allegations of sexual assault or misconduct, sparking backlash from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others who say the changes weaken protections for survivors.

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Campus Assault

The University of Alabama-Huntsville is not entitled to summary judgment on a female student’s Title IX claims relating to the university’s handling of her sexual assault charge against a student hockey player, a federal court in the state ruled, finding that a jury could conclude that the school protected the assailant while acting with “deliberate indifference” to the assault and the safety of the campus community. 

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Fraternities

A federal court in Connecticut dismissed a group of female undergraduate students’ Title IX claims against a group of fraternities, housing companies and Yale University relating to fraternities’ refusal to allow female members. One of the students, however, has plausibly claimed a hostile educational environment based on her allegations of being sexually assaulted and witnessing other assaults at fraternity events.

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