Our Title IX Policy is more transparent and trauma-informed.
In the Fall of 2014, a group of dedicated student organizers came together with a simple ask: to make the determination process for survivors of sexual assault more trauma-informed.
After three years of advocating for policy changes and collaborating with change-seeking administrators, organizers, and students, we are delighted to announce that the old hearing process has been replaced with an investigative model.
The process from which these changes came was, like most worthwhile endeavors, long and challenging. The Sexual Assault Response Coalition, the Office for Gender Equity and Compliance, and the Student Government Association worked together throughout the course of a year, heard the perspectives of students and university members, and put forth the policy changes detailed below.
These changes can be found in Appendix A of the Title IX Policy and will go into effect for the Fall 2017 Semester, on September 6th, 2017.
We are proud of the work of so many driven individuals and groups to make Northeastern a safer place for survivors of sexual violence. This is only the beginning. Every University ought to transparently prioritize the safety and well-being of its students in its policies -- we are committed to working towards this at Northeastern.