Title IX

Brown University Will Let Students Anonymously Report Title IX Sexual Misconduct

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Brown University has debuted a new system for reporting sexual harassment and misconduct under the auspices of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination in education. Notably, it allows students to make an anonymous accusation against another member of campus.

"Brown University encourages community members to report any acts they believe to be an incident of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or gender-based discrimination," notes Brown on its website. "The Sexual Violence & Gender-Harassment Incident Reporting Form was developed to capture these reports as a part of the intake process."

The website stresses that using the anonymous reporting form is not the same thing as filing a formal Title IX complaint, which would automatically trigger an investigation. These investigations attracted significant criticism from civil liberties advocates for abridging the due process rights of accused students, though the process was overhauled by the Trump administration to restore basic fairness.

But an anonymous reporting system is a concern even if it does not always result in an investigation. Many campuses have anonymous tiplines for reporting "bias incidents," which in practice often amount to instances of people being unreasonably offended. Giving students methods for reporting one another for utterances that are actually protected by the First Amendment is a poor use of university resources, and it encourages hypersensitivity and snitching. On some campuses, the police have even become involved.

Brown's new reporting system is similar to these bias tiplines, except it's specifically for sexual misconduct. Despite federal guidance stating that Title IX administrators should focus on serious sexual misconduct, many campus bureaucracies continue to take an expansive view of what counts as a Title IX violation. As with anonymous bias response systems, the anonymous Title IX reporting portal will likely draw complaints about conduct that is not actually illegal.

One student activist described the new system as "liberating," precisely because it will allow anonymous reporting. "Any steps we can take to reduce barriers to reporting and to center marginalized populations can help us be more comprehensive and effective in dealing with interpersonal violence," wrote two advocates at Brown's Sexual Harassment and Assault Resources and Education office.

Universities can and should deal with interpersonal violence. But for accountability's sake, campus authorities really do need to know the identities of accusers. Otherwise, the system is likely to be abused.

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  1. We are anomalous.
    We are are a region.
    Forgive and forget.
    Expecto patronum.

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  2. I fear that Title IX investigations might start to become weaponized.

    1. Commence primary ignition.

    2. Weaponized?

      Like reporting the student who always busts the curve in class? Or the employee whose job you want? Or the boyfriend of the girl you want to make a run at? Or the professor you think is too hard? Or your roommate who takes your stuff out of the refrigerator?

      The possibilities for abuse are limited only by imagination.

    3. I look forward to students realizing they can file anonymous complaints against faculty.

    4. I fear that Title IX investigations might start to become weaponized.

      “start to”?

  3. Otherwise, the system is likely to be abused.

    There will have to be another website to anonymously report website abuse.

    1. There will have to be another website to anonymously report website anonymous reporters!

  4. Just students? What about people who claim to have visited?

    Last week when I was up there (you can’t prove I wasn’t!) I was assaulted by, I don’t know, the person in charge of Brown’s Title IX policy, whoever that is.

    1. Brown is the Ivy school for dummies. Even that retard JFK Jr graduated!

      1. Brown is the school that gave Elizabeth Warren $300K to give a 45 minute speech on college debt. Seriously.

        1. Hilarious!

        2. And she actually took it? I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked at such naked greed (oops, wrong word for this article…)

      2. “…Even that retard JFK Jr graduated!”

        Ran onto a TV doc’y which featured him flying his plane into the water, and the commentator mentioned he’d failed the bar several times.
        ‘He wasn’t dumb; he had a learning disability’

  5. People should start reporting all of the administrators

  6. How long until some enterprising student develops a spambot to flood the anonymous complaint system?

    1. I like this suggestion. We should all send one or two a day.

    2. I give it a week.

  7. This is very unconstitutional. Every person has an inalienable right to face their accuser.

    1. Brown is a private school.

      1. A private school implementing a public government law known as Title IX. Hence the name “Title IX”.

        1. My statement stands.

          1. 150 lawsuits won by the defendants disagree.

          2. Well, it was a true statement. But it was apropos of nothing.

      2. Being a private school does not matter in this case. An accused thief or an accused rapist is a private person yet they still have the right to face their accuser. There is not difference in this.

        1. They have a right to face their accuser in a criminal trial. It’s evil and insane for Brown not to allow the same in its internal disciplinary system, but I don’t think it’s illegal.

          1. As we so often encounter the ‘immoral but not illegal’ standard, it can also be ‘unconsititional but not illegal’.

            Case in point; would Brown, as a private institution, be able to hire only white people (as practice *or* policy)? It’s a private institution!

            1. it can also be ‘unconsititional but not illegal’

              Is that like being “dead but not lifeless”?

              Case in point; would Brown, as a private institution, be able to hire only white people (as practice *or* policy)? It’s a private institution!

              I’m not sure what point it is that you’re trying to make here.
              Statutes against employment discrimination on racial grounds apply to private institutions too.

          2. I have to agree. Ultimately Brown is both the accuser and arbiter in these cases. When there is a lawsuit and it goes to court my guess is that most judges will defer to Brown as long as Brown isn’t overtly biased in their decisions.

            1. Past history of settled lawsuits disagree. Nearly every judge has required due process or found in favor of the defendant.

        2. They are a private school. They can do this all they want, but it will not take long for a wrongfully accused student tk file a liabel suit against them

      3. My house is private. Can I torture trespassers to death and laugh about it?

        1. My house is private. Can I torture trespassers to death and laugh about it?

          Do you know the difference between statutory laws that restrict everyone’s actions vs constitutional amendments that act only as restrictions on governmental actions?

    2. How about an inalienable right to confront a xenomorph?

      1. The real question is, would it be xenophobic to confront an alien? Is it particularly xenophobic to confront a xenomorph? You be the judge. But someone should really file a title IXenomorph complaint about all the facehugging on campus.

  8. So neighbor gets in a snit over yapping dog. Makes anonymous call to police. Police show up, shoot the dog, toss a flashbang in into the baby’s crip, and kills the girlfriend because the boyfriend looked agitated when SWAT stormed the apartment.

    Where does this shit come from? It comes from places like Brown University and it’s fucking anonymous tip lines.

    Except in the case of Brown, there’s no “crime” being committed, just perceived microaggressions and boorish behavior. Harassment is a pattern of offenses. Without the pattern there is no crime. And there is no pattern with anonymity.

    Rape is a crime. No such thing as anonymous rape. Sexual assault is a crime. No such thing as anonymous sexual assault. On off colored joke on campus? Not a crime. Bad date? Not a crime. Frat boy being a frat boy? Boorish but not a crime.

    I’m all for feminism, actual bona fide feminism. But always running to the protection of government as your surrogate male is NOT feminism. Take charge of your lives and kick the fucker directly between the nads. Get a some pepper spray. Get a shocker. Get a screecher. Taste charge. If you feel a crime was committed, go to the actual police. But stop acting like a toddler whining to surrogate dad that Johnny dipped your ponytail into his inkpot. Jeepers cripes.

    1. Feminism spent 120 years convincing people women were independent and intellectual and competent with agency of their own.

      In less than a generation, it has turned into an issue of swooning like an antebellum belle upon hearing the words of a rake.

      Yes, we know it was originally about pervasive, repeated, unwelcome harrassments. But now?

      You breed the exact opposite behavior of a person with agency, because it is effective in siccing the government on people. You are rewarded for this.

      There’s even a meme adaptation to defend against discussion of this — you can’t know the downtrodden’s experiences, so your opinion does not count.

  9. Easy. Switch on VPN, sprinkle false reports about everyone into the system every now and then (don’t do it all at once obviously). Dipshits.

  10. Universities can and should deal with interpersonal violence. But for accountability’s sake, campus authorities really do need to know the identities of accusers. Otherwise, the system is likely to be abused.

    Feature, not a bug.

  11. Dear Brown; yesterday I has sexually assaulted by every registered Democrat on campus.
    Anonymous.

    (please post their convictions on your website so I can confirm they were all punished. Thanks)

    1. Their convictions are simple, they know what to do with your money better than you do because they are better people. Just ask them.

  12. Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex- and gender-based discrimination in education.

    Actually, it only mentions sex.

    1. Not to mention that even if it did mention gender, if I were to rail at length as to what a moron Rosie Soave is and how patently stupid Bradley Manning was to steal government secrets while serving in the ME, you’re going to have a hard go at proving that I was discriminating against men, women, or whatever in between.

  13. One student activist described the new system as “liberating,” precisely because it will allow anonymous reporting.

    The same type of students think the Stasi were the heroes in The Lives of Others. Fucking cretins.

  14. One hopes that the anonymous tip line will be flooded with the names of Brown’s administrators.

    1. I wonder if they know what Tor servers are.

  15. Would be naive to assume that administrators give these complaints the credibility they deserve?

    “Okay. We got a complaint. Is there enough info that we can pull camera footage of the area where it was claimed to have happened? Oh. No camera there? Guess that is another one for the circular file.”

    With truly anonymous complaints, you can’t even go based on “pattern of behavior” because for all you know, every complaint is coming from the same person. The only thing such complaints are good for is to help you search through overwhelming data you already collect (i.e. camera feed recordings). Of course, if such information is good enough to confirm a complaint, it is likely also good enough to vastly narrow down the victim/complaintant, busting the anonymity.

    1. The problem is that unless it and all the logs it generates gets tossed directly into a /dev/null hole and buried, it’s still enough unspun cotton to weave a story out of. Lots of anonymous reports about the Delta Iota Kappa house coming from the computer lab right next to the Omega Mu sorority house? Probably ought to look into what those Delta Iota Kappa jerks are up to.

  16. There’s a simple way for schools to deal with all this, if a student is arrested for a felony they’re suspended if they’re convicted they’re expelled. If someone reports a sex crime tell them to call the police.

    1. If someone reports a sex crime tell them to call the police.

      Campus police or city/state police?

      While I agree with the sentiment, the solution is not simple and any solution that doesn’t involve things like ending federal student loans doesn’t solve the problem.

  17. just curious; why suspended for an arrest? The are just as legally innocent the day after an arrest as they were the day before.

  18. Dear Brown anonymous tip line,

    I never thought this sort of thing could happen to me. I was in a class with this really hot teaching assistant and she asked me to see me in her office after the other students had left.

    When I met her in her office she was wearing a really low cut blouse and showing her ample cleavage off. She told me to lock the door and said she had an “extra credit project” she wanted me to work on….

    1. “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I fornicated with this really hot teaching assistant in my class…”

      “But, Mr. Katz, you’re Jewish, why are you confessing to me?”

      “Are you kidding, Father, I’m telling *everyone!*”

      1. “And don’t call me Mr. Katz, this is an anonymous tip line.”

        “I’m afraid you put me in the wrong joke.”

        1. And the rabbit says, “My blood type? I’m a Type O.”

    2. “Oops, can I get another anonymous tip form, this one has my DNA all over it.”

      1. Now the form needs a form.

      2. Brings new meaning to ‘just the tip’…

  19. Universities can and should deal with interpersonal violence.

    Uh, no, fuck off. That’s what cops are for. You call teacher when Johnny’s copying your homework, you don’t call teacher when Johnny raped you.

  20. how exactly does that help the Brown chicks land a man?

  21. I want someone to report the first trans female athlete for violating Title 9 since they are actually men.

  22. People who oppose this kind of thing need to flood the site. Accuse everyone from the President to the girl sitting next to you in Psych 101 of all manner of perversions.

  23. What could go wrong. Some women will end up killing women because they chased all of the men away.

  24. “But it’s too hard to confront the guy I want to charge. Why do I need to give my name?”

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