Study recommends how to prevent 'weaponizing' Title IX to cover up sexual assault

When a sexual assault survivor tells their story to a journalist, they may have any number of reasons for doing so, but almost certainly not because that reporter would be required to pass the information on to university administrators. Yet Title IX, the landmark gender equality in higher education legislation, has been used to make student and university-affiliated journalists required reporters of sexual assault in an attempt to prevent them from reporting publicly on the issue. A new study from the University of Kansas titled “Investigative vs. Mandatory Reporting: Weaponizing Title IX Against Journalists” explores such situations and recommends how to avoid such use of the law.

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