Once a week, early enough that the sun has barely risen, a small group gathers outside Green Library for an hour or so and chats. Seated around a table at Coupa Cafe, they discuss typical Stanford things: what classes to avoid, what grad schools to apply for, what articles they’ve been reading.
On Tuesday morning, Provost Persis Drell released Stanford’s first Annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment Report. The 16-page document catalogues 190 reported incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence and other unwanted sexual conduct involving students, staff and faculty over the previous academic year, including case outcomes but not revealing details.
The Stanford Coalition for Planning an Equitable 2035 (SCoPE 2035) collaborated with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2007 to organize a two-day stickering campaign and an unofficial campus tour on Saturday–the second day of Family Weekend–to address housing and job conditions of Stanford workers.
Seo-Young Chu M.A. ’01, a survivor of sexual abuse by deceased English professor Jay Fliegelman Ph.D ’77 during her time as a graduate student, returned to campus to meet with General Counsel Debra Zumwalt to request that the University contribute $1 million to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Stanford denied Chu’s request. However, both Zumwalt and Provost Persis Drell have since offered to make personal donations to RAINN. Chu requested that they donate in honor of “every victim and every survivor.”
Stanford’s annual Family Weekend, an event that aims to give families a chance to experience undergraduate life, kicks off on Friday morning. The two-day event consists of a variety of activities including information sessions, community open houses, faculty lectures and campus tours. Stanford expects approximately 4,000 visitors to attend.
The 37 papers represent the efforts of four steering groups to compile high-level summaries of the over 2,800 ideas and proposals submitted by faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community at large.
Self-proclaimed Islamophobe Robert Spencer’s upcoming visit to campus by invitation from Stanford College Republicans (SCR) sparked debate on free speech and inclusivity among faculty and students.
For colleges across the country, including Stanford, the future of Title IX is uncertain as the Trump administration seeks to radically alter many of the guidelines that governed college campus sexual assault cases under former President Barack Obama.