Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when several students connected in 2009 with the national group Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) for training on “how to demand change” on their campus.
Two alleged victims of sexual assault havespoken publicly about what they see as an inadequate response by the university.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, hired a sexual-misconduct-prevention specialist and a sexual-misconduct-resource specialist, formed a task force, revised policies, and trained students in bystander intervention.
About 25 percent of undergraduates said they had experienced nonconsensual sexual intercourse or contact since enrolling, according to a climate survey conducted by the university in 2015.
This letter is to advise you that the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has completed its investigation and resolved the above-referenced complaint of sexual assault and sexual harassment filed against Tufts University (...
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigated the above-referenced complaint filed in September of 2010 under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., and its implementing regulation at 3...
This 4-page document bundle includes letters from the Education Department to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened.
This investigation has been resolved, with the Office for Civil Rights finding that the institution had failed to comply with Title IX by not responding appropriately to reports of sexual harassment and violence, allowing a hostile environment to persist.
In an unusual development, Tufts initially accepted, four days later revoked, and a week later re-signed a "resolution agreement" to change its policies. The impasse, which sparked student protests, came because Tufts briefly rejected the finding that it had violated — and, in fact, was still in violation of — Title IX. "We could not, in good faith, allow our community to believe that we were not in compliance with such an important law," the university said in a statement at the time.
Under the settlement, Tufts agreed, among other things, to provide regular training for all students and employees on their rights and responsibilities under Title IX; document all reports of sexual misconduct, formal and informal, with a 13-point checklist; submit all proposed revisions to policies, procedures, outreach, and training for federal review; conduct annual assessments of the campus climate; and reimburse the complainant "for educational and other reasonable expenses" over a year and a half "related to this matter."
The resolution of this investigation was one that signaled a shift toward tougher enforcement of Title IX. Previously, many investigations resulted in agreements to change campus policies, but without an official declaration of noncompliance.
Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual violence. The university released the results of last spring's confidential Tufts Attitudes About Sexual Conduct Survey in an email to the Tufts community last week.
The announcement on Friday that Tufts University and the U.S. Department of Education had resolved an impasse over compliance with Title IX suggests a shift toward tougher enforcement of the federal gender-equity law.
On the campus of Tufts University on Thursday afternoon, students and others rallied to urge administrators to sign an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education to change policies related to sexual assault.
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that Tufts University had failed to comply with the federal civil-rights law known as Title IX by not responding appropriately to reports of sexual harassment and violence, allowing a hostile en...