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What a Potential Rollback of Obama-era Sexual Assault Policy Could Mean for Whitman

Christy Carley, News Writer

September 20, 2017

UPDATE: As of Friday, September 22, DeVos officially announced the roll-back of the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter along with accompanying FAQs released in 2014. The Department of Education released interim guidance which allows schools to use a higher standard of proof when evaluating cases of sexual assault, and gives those accused of assault greater access to evidence. T...

Op-Ed: Suggestions for Improving the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Experience at Whitman College

Emily Volpert, Whitman College Senior

April 30, 2017

At Whitman, the number of reports of sexual assault has consistently increased over the last five years. While reports of sexual assault on campus are steadily increasing, far fewer assaults are investigated than are reported. And according to the 2000 National Crime Victimization survey, 90% of sexual...

Athletes Grapple with High Rates of Sexual Assault Accusations

Arie Knops, Staff Reporter

February 2, 2017

While many of Whitman's varsity sports teams continue to see outstanding success on the field, concerning off-field behavior has been brought to light as the school continues to see high rates of sexual assault reports against athletes. Varsity athletes represent slightly more than 20 percent of Whi...

ASWC Passes Title IX Transcript Notation Resolution

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

November 29, 2016

Three weeks ago, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) passed a new resolution Title IX investigations and convictions notated on students’ transcripts. This move is in part an effort to increase accountability in the Title IX process and to prevent students from easily transferring to other univ...

Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Anderson and Fox to Fill Vacant ASWC Senate Seats

Eleanor Matson, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2016

Sophomore Paris Fox and senior Jack Anderson will fill the two vacant seats in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) senate. Last week a special election was held to determine who would become the new sophomore and senior senators, and the results of the special election were released this...

Resolution Summary (factbox)

Lachlan Johnson

February 5, 2015

ASWC Senate unanimously passed "A Resolution Advocating for Change to Whitman's Sexual Misconduct Policy" last Sunday, Feb. 1. What would the Sexual Misconduct Policy look like if it was changed how ASWC wants? Jurisdiction The Sexual Misconduct Policy is currently part of the Faculty Code, and...

ASWC considers resolution on sexual assault policy

Lachlan Johnson

January 29, 2015

A proposed resolution calling for changes to Whitman's Title IX and sexual assault policy will be discussed by the ASWC Senate on Sunday, Feb. 1. The resolution was written collaboratively by leaders from the college student body who formed the It's On Whitties committee this fall to discuss sexual...

Office of Civil Rights investigates possible Title IX violation

Lachlan Johnson

November 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating Whitman College for possible violation of federal law. The investigation is in response to a complaint filed by Natalie*, a student who first spoke to The Pioneer this September about the alleged mishandling of her Title IX/sexual ass...

Ahead of the curve?: investigating sexual assault on campus

Sam Grainger-Shuba

October 2, 2014

This article is the second in a two-part series exploring incidences of sexual assault on college campuses and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. In the first part of this series, The Pioneer explored gaps in Whitman's Title IX process through survivor experience. Some have spo...

Sexual assault survivors unhappy with investigative process

Infographic by Peterson

Sam Grainger-Shuba

September 25, 2014

This story is part 1 in a two-part series examining incidences of sexual assault and how they are handled at Whitman and by colleges nationwide. As the federal government continues its crackdown on sexual assault on college campuses for the third year, colleges across the country are scrambli...

Retirements, New Hires Herald Change in Student Affairs

Emily Lin-Jones

September 11, 2014

Besides undergoing renovation, Memorial Building has seen some significant changes over the summer. The departure and retirement of several long-time staff members, in addition to promotions and new hires, add up to a changing administration at Whitman College. "The primary reason for change is staff...

ASWC Hosts Title IX Panel to Educate Students on Policy Changes

ASWC Hosts Title IX Panel to Educate Students on Policy Changes

Helen Angell

May 1, 2014

In 2012, Whitman changed the process for addressing sexual misconduct in order to reflect the protections guaranteed under Title IX. To educate students about these changes and the way that Title IX is implemented at Whitman, the Associated Students of Whitman College held a Know Your IX panel last...

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