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Title IX increases Safe Place funding

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

A Chico Speaks Survey Report which shows that campus-related sexual assault is still prevalent has inspired Title IX coordinators to implement several changes.  At the heart of these changes is the WellCat Safe Place, a campus program dedicated to preventing domestic violence and supporting v...

Title IX Coordinator Reflects on Interim Hearing Requirement One Year Later

Title IX Coordinator Dylan Saake fills us in on what the Interim Hearing Requirement for sexual misconduct investigations looks like in practice. Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Emily Neria, Staff Writer

April 9, 2020

On March 29, 2019, an interim CSU policy went into effect at Chico State requiring all sexual assault investigations to hold a hearing for cross examination of both the victim and the respondent. The policy has generated both critique and praise.  Now, over a year later, the Chico State Tit...

Title IX changes give more rights to people accused of ‘sexual misconduct’

A ruling, coming out of a case from USC, gives more rights to people who are accused of sexual misconduct. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Kendall George

April 9, 2019

Two Chico State students recall their experiences with false rape accusations Chico State and many other schools across California are revising their sexual assault protocol after a state appellate court ruled that students arraigned of sexual misconduct have new rights to protect them against false...

Chico community protest for transgender rights

Sonia Aery speaks about the role of allies in transgender movement. Photo credit: Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

October 30, 2018

Supporters of the transgender community gathered Sunday and rallied in the Downtown Plaza to protest potential policies against the trans community. The Trans Empowerment Project of Northern California, along with the Indigenous Support Collaborative and the Chico Women's March, hosted Won’t Be...

Not Anymore deemed helpful yet repetitive

Title IX Coordinator Dylan Saake doesn't believe Not Anymore will solve the issue of sexual violence, but he does think it can be a useful resource for many students. Photo credit: Maria Ramirez

Kelsi Sibert

March 14, 2018

Each year, students at Chico State are required to participate in an online or in-person "inner personal violence awareness and prevention program."Not Anymore is designed to make sure that all students have an understanding of Title IX issues such as sexual assault, dating domestic violence and stalking.Title...

The three pillars of support for sexual assault victims

Photo courtesy of Alix Davis

Alex Grant

November 28, 2017

This school year University Police have received six reports of rape on campus. This figure comes from UPD’s daily crime log which is composed of initial crime reports. These reports are released to comply with the Clery Act, a federal law that requires colleges to report crimes that occur on ...

Sexual assault investigation at Butte College

Butte Colleges Office of Title IX Coordinator new procedures against sexual assault. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

August 25, 2017

Butte College caught in sexual assault investigations.Butte reached a resolution agreement with the Office of Civil Rights, after a four-year case.In 2012, a student reported rape by an athlete at an off-campus party to Butte. Police were unable to file charges due to insufficient evidence.According to the Chronicle of Higher Education ...

Reported rape at Kappa Sigma house investigation ongoing, UPD Chief says

Photo credit: George Johnston

Molly Sullivan

February 9, 2017

The investigation into the reported rape that occurred Feb. 5 at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house is ongoing, according to University Police Chief John Feeney. The University Police Department was made aware of the incident after it received a call from the hospital where the woman who report...

Crime reports release different stats

Outside view of the University Police Department. Photo credit: Kayla Fitzgerald

Kayla Fitzgerald

October 20, 2016

Four rapes, three of which occurred on campus, were reported between 2013 and 2015, according to the Clery Annual Security Report. Different crime rates were expressed in the 2016 Clery Annual Security Report released Oct. 1 than in the Title IX report released Oct. 3. The security report focuses on crimes reported on campus and in buildings affiliated. The report helps ...

Federal agency surpasses third year of ongoing Butte College investigation

Butte College has an ongoing sexual assault case that has lasted 37 months. Fifteen months is the average time for Title IX cases to be resolved. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Gabriel Sandoval and Molly Sullivan

February 28, 2016

OROVILLE, Calif. — Almost three and a half years ago, a Butte College student was allegedly raped by a football player off-campus, creating a snowball effect. In October 2012, the female student filed a report with the Chico Police Department, and then reported the incident to Butte College’s Title IX co...

CSU hires new Title IX coordinator

Pamela Thomason, California State University's new system-wide Title IX compliance coordinator. Photo courtesy of CSU public affairs office.

David Mcvicker

November 7, 2014

California State University appointed a system-wide Title IX compliance officer Nov. 7. Pamela Thomason's hiring is the first-ever of its kind in the CSU's fight against sexual assault and violence and improvement of student safety on all 23 campuses across the state, according to a CSU system-wide statem...

Final changes made to federal Clery Act

Dylan Saake, Chico State’s Title IX coordinator and director of labor and relations and compliance, said Chico State already complies with many of the new requirements from the Clery act. Photo credit: Madison Holmes

Madison Holmes

October 22, 2014

New rules created by the U.S. Department of Education will make it easier for colleges to track crimes occurring on campuses across the U.S. The final rule implementing changes made to the Clery Act was announced by the Obama administration on Friday, according to a media release from the U.S. Departmen...

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