Nook on the Street, Sep. 8

This year a federal investigation reported UAF has mishandled Title IX cases, granting too many rights to the accused. This week, Education Secretary Betsy Devos announced a review of Title IX guidelines, claiming the current system denies accused parties the right to due process. This week we asked students “What do you think of this conflict?”

“I took a gender communication class last semester and throughout it we talked extensively about how UAF has been under investigation for the systematic mishandling of cases and I feel, as much as they have been recently pushing their agenda of awareness of Title IX, they really aren’t doing anything to back it up.”

-Regan Radotich, senior, communications

“I’ve heard about it, but I don’t really have much to say on it because I haven’t personally been involved with it that much. But I know it is an issue on campus and I know some of my instructors have talked about it. Other than that I really don’t know much about it and don’t have much to say on it.”

-James Colburn, sophomore, petroleum engineering

“I’m curious what they mean by too many rights. I do agree that all cases should be handled properly and accordingly to what the law dictates, but of course certain laws may not be something that all people agree with, which is why we have things sometimes change. I think that it’s unfair towards the person that is reporting the incident that happened to them, that’s not fair to them, and I’m not sure how I feel about the Devos situation to be honest, that’s one that I’d have to look more into and think about.”

-Holly Barnett, junior, chemistry

“I don’t really have an opinion because I don’t really know anything about it. I guess it’s not good for the accused to get too many rights, but definitely good for them to get some.”

-Abigail Myers, freshman, business

“I am a very big supporter of LGBT, but I do believe in doing what’s right and not giving too much power to a certain group of people, or too little power to a certain group of people. I believe in equality, basically.”

-Destiny Hughes, freshman, undecided

“I think that Title IX is unnecessary and I think that we have enough laws in place already doing that. That those laws can be modified to do the process instead and we don’t need this kind of redundancy, especially with the civilian portion of Title IX, which is ‘more likely than not,’ rather than ‘beyond a reasonable doubt.'”

-Elijah Mcginnity, freshman, computer science

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