Pitzer Senate Discusses Bills to Revise Sexual Assault Policies

The Pitzer Student Senate began discussing two bills that could significantly change Pitzer College’s policies for punishments for students found responsible for “non-consensual sexual intercourse” on Sunday, March 5. Pitzer’s Student Handbook defines “non-consensual sexual intercourse” as any non-consensual sexual act involving penetration of any sort. Any non-consensual sexual act that does not involve penetration

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Pitzer to Undergo Internal Title IX Audit

In a letter sent to students on Dec. 15, Pitzer College’s Title IX Office announced that they would commence an internal audit of their office this spring. Title IX Coordinator Corinne Vanderkamp wrote in her letter to the community that they would conduct the audit to “ensure that we create

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Clery Report Shows Decrease in Reported Sexual Assault Incidents at Pomona

On Oct. 1, 2016, the Claremont Colleges released their 2015 Clery Reports on crime at each college, which indicated, among other statistics, that Pomona College was the only school that experienced a decline in the number of rapes reported from 2014 to 2015. However, some Pomona administrators worry that this statistic

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Vice President Joe Biden Talks to CMC Students about Sexual Assault Prevention

On Oct. 28 at 11:30 a.m., a small group of students sat around a table in the Curb conference room at Claremont McKenna College. They were “waiting, waiting, waiting,” as participant Michelle Goodwin CM ‘16 described, along with students from across the nation, for Vice President Joe Biden to come on the

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Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Sexual Assaults Vary Across 7Cs

The Claremont Colleges are unique among consortia in the United States in that they share an integrated academic and social scene. But this also means that students could be on a different campus than their own when they become a victim or a witness of sexual assault. Although the definitions of sexual assault and misconduct are the same

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Pomona College Receives Title IX Complaint

Pomona College announced that it is the subject of a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights yesterday, Oct. 8, regarding the school’s responses to sexual assault cases brought before the administration. The complaint alleges that Pomona “fails to promptly and equitably respond to sexual violence complaints, reports and/or other

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Aiming to Improve Sexual Assault Reporting, Pomona Forges a New Partnership

When Jessica Ladd PO ’08 tried to report an incident of sexual assault committed against her to Pomona College, she found the process overwhelming and difficult to navigate. “I was asked a lot of questions I wasn’t expecting, and I didn’t feel like I understood what was going to happen with the information I

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Pomona Places Sexual Assault Policy Under Review

As sexual assault prevention and response remains a point of controversy and discussion among college campuses across the country, Pomona College students have demanded that their school develop more resources for survivor support and policy reassessment. In May 2015, Yenli Wong PO ‘15 gained campus-wide and even national recognition when she

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Change is Necessary: Pomona College Fails to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

Pomona College’s carefully crafted message from day one, or even before the first day of college, is that Pomona cares for its students: Each student matters, regardless of race, gender and sexual orientation. The college’s administration constantly reminds us, through Facebook posts on the Pomona College page, Twitter and admissions

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