The role of universities in adjudicating cases of sexual assault among their students has been the object of heavy scrutiny in recent months. UNC, now the subject of two federal reviews evaluating its handling of sexual misconduct, has been at the fore of the conversation. The efforts of students Landen Gambill and Andrea Pino, and alumna Annie Clark to call attention to what they say is UNC's flawed and discriminatory procedures have been the subject of coverage in national media outlets.

But similar efforts have been playing out across the country. Few major universities have been left untouched by the national focus. Below is a list, updated daily, of articles surrounding the issue submitted by student newspapers across the country.

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UVA: Former U.Va. Law student files suit against DOE

A former University Law student filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Department of Education challenging the constitutionality of a federal sexual assault directive.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff — who was found responsible for sexual misconduct while attending the Law School — claims the directive bypassed normal procedures established under the Administrative Procedure Act. 

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Administrative Procedure Act requires that administrative agencies publish proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register as well as provide opportunities for the public to comment on proposed regulations before they are finalized. The act also requires most rules have at least a 30-day delayed effective date.

Caity Seed | June 19, 2016

Purdue: Purdue to have fully operational sexual assault center in August

Given the major issues regarding sexual assault on campuses like Baylor and Stanford, Purdue's Center for Advocacy, Response and Education will become even more critical in the coming months.

CARE is Purdue's sexual assault center and incoming freshman will be the first to have a fully-realized facility for their entire time on campus. The Exponent got the chance to talk to Monica Bloom, director of CARE, about what the center will be like for incoming students. Before her time as director, Bloom held the position of Purdue's Title IX Coordinator, meaning she is well-versed on matters that involve sexual assault on campus.

George Landsly | June 19, 2016

Stanford: Brock Turner trial puts expert defense witness in spotlight

For those who accuse Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85 of favoring former Stanford freshman Brock Turner with a relatively light six-month sentence for sexual assault, the Turner case has sparked closer scrutiny of potential bias in a supposedly impartial institution.

Hannah Knowles | June 19, 2016

U Conn: Increased reports of sexual assault not always a sign of campus comfort

The University of Connecticut recorded the most sexual assaults of any college campus in the country in 2014, tied with Brown University at 43 assaults, according to a report from the Washington Post. 

The upward trend in reported assaults has been, according to the Post report, seen by victim advocates as a positive sign and indication that victims have become more comfortable in stepping forward to report and seeking resources following an incident.

Megan Krementowski | June 19, 2016

U Minnesota: Summit tackles campus sexual violence

Minnesota campus officials and sexual assault advocacy groups met Thursday to discuss ways to address sexual violence on college campuses.

With colleges and universities under enormous pressure to adequately address sexual violence on campus, representatives from 57 institutions statewide — including the University of Minnesota — gathered for the start of a two-day campus sexual violence prevention summit to listen to guest speakers and participate in skills-based workshops. The event is the first of its kind.

Ryan Faircloth | June 19, 2016

U Michigan: State First Lady will host sexual assault prevention summit on North Campus

Michigan first lady Sue Snyder announced her plans for the second annual Inform. Empower. Prevent. Let’s End Campus Sexual Assaultsummit Tuesday afternoon, which will be held Sept. 30 at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

Riyah Basha | June 19, 2016

U Florida: The U.S. ‘justice system’ is not doing its job

In light of the controversy around the Stanford rape case, it’s amusing to observe Americans wonder why there are many in our country who don’t have an ounce of respect for the justice system.

So I ask them, why should I respect and serve a bunch of clowns masquerading as defenders of the law?

Jordan Mackenzie | June 12, 2016

NC State: Having privilege is OK; Abusing it is not

I have privilege. I come from an upper class family. My mother and my father, who immigrated legally in the eyes of the government, work hard to give me and my sister the best possible quality of life, to put us in the best schools in the area, to make sure that we are able to grow up sheltered and happy.

You have privilege too. I know this because you have the ability to read and possibly access to a computer to find this piece on the internet. Most of this world’s population is privileged in some way or another; privilege manifests itself through age, beauty, ability (both physical and mental), race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education and any other identifier that puts one population in a higher position of power than another.

Aditi Dholakia | June 12, 2016

Stanford: Sexual assault is a problem at Stanford, but the details are missing

TRIGGER WARNING: The following contains descriptions of sexual assault

The Brock Turner sexual assault case has left many of us at Stanford reeling. The details of the case are disturbing. The survivor was found at the scene with her assailant, Brock Turner, by two graduate students who happened to be bicycling past; it was only because one of them got a weird feeling that he took a second glance and noticed that she seemed to be unconscious. When they approached to ensure that the woman was okay, Turner took off running. If he had not been pursued and restrained until the police arrived, he might never have been charged with a crime. Unfortunately, what is unusual about this case is not that a woman was sexually assaulted; rather, it is that her assailant was apprehended, reported and tried.

Chloe Hart | June 12, 2016

Stanford: Documents from Court, District Attorney reveal details in Brock Turner case

Newly released documents from the Santa Clara County Superior Court and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office suggest that Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, acted in an “aggressive” way toward another woman a week before the assault and lied to officials when claiming inexperience with drugs and drinking prior to college.

Hannah Knowles | June 12, 2016

Stanford: Brock Turner sentenced to six months in county jail, three years probation

In a sentencing hearing on Thursday morning, Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail followed by three years of formal probation. He must also register as a sex offender and participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program.

Victor Xu | June 08, 2016

Stanford: Judge in Turner case faces criticism after citing lack of criminal record, remorse in sentencing decision

Criticism of Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky ’84 M.A. ’85 erupted nationwide following the sentencing of Brock Turner to six months in jail and three years of probation on June 2. A protest is currently being planned for the Commencement tradition Wacky Walk, and multiple petitions to recall Persky and as well as a petition calling for more University support for sexual assault victims are circulating on social media.

Victor Xu | June 08, 2016

Stanford: The full letter read by Brock Turner’s father at his sentencing hearing

Before the sentencing decision for Brock Turner was made, both the victim, the Turner’s father and Turner read statements to the courtroom. The victim’s letter has circulated nationwide, garnering wide attention. The letter read by Turner’s father, Dan Turner, is shown below.

Victor Xu | June 08, 2016

Tennessee: Attorneys to stop commenting on Tennessee sexual assault suit

A judge set a May 22, 2018 trial date in a sweeping sexual assault lawsuit filed against the University of Tennessee by eight former students earlier this year, while also ruling that attorneys stop making comments to the media in the high profile case.

Anita Wadhwani | June 08, 2016

UNSW Australia: Universities have zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment on campus

OPINION: This year, vice-chancellors across the country came together to create the Universities Australia Respect.Now.Always. initiative. The intention of this unprecedented national campaign is to make our campuses as free as they possibly can be from sexual harassment and sexual assault. Where this problem exists, our university leaders want to know about it so that action can be taken to address it.

Ian Jacobs | May 16, 2016

U Maine: Fraternity’s sexual assault awareness efforts cited in WABI report

Members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Maine spoke with WABI for a two-part report on sexual assaults on college campuses. Every year, the fraternity raises thousands of dollars for Rape Response Services of Bangor during its Sleep Out, according to the report. “We’re making our strong stance against sexual assault,” Dillon Kress of Beta Theta Pi said of the event where fraternity members stay outside overnight to raise awareness and funds for sexual assault services. Fellow Beta member Christian Labonte said the common misconceptions of fraternities drive the group to lead by example.

| May 16, 2016

American: Alleged sexual assault at Queens College: Panel lacks evidence to indict teacher

The Ministry of Education has said the investigative panel into alleged sexual molestation on a female student of Queens College, Lagos could not establish any evidence to indict the accused teacher. Prof. Anthony Anwukah, the Minister of State for Education, who briefed newsmen on Friday in Abuja, said the mother of the victim failed to appear before the committee to prove her case.

Nan | May 16, 2016

Harvard: Student Sexual Assault Investigations Last Months Past 60-Day Federal Guideline

When the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found Harvard Law School in violation of anti-sex discrimination law Title IX in late 2014, it suggested a number of revisions to the Law School and University’s process for investigating sexual assault.

Andrew M. Duehren | May 16, 2016

Harvard: On Sexual Assault and Safe Spaces

The summer before my junior year, I was sexually assaulted in my own home.

The night that it happened, I was so drunk that I had passed out. When I woke up, he was on top of me; his fingers inside me. I was too drunk to move or speak. I don’t know how long it lasted. I don’t know how it started. When I woke up the next morning, I felt hungover and heavy, disgusting and disgusted. More than anything, I felt unsafe. My body was not my own—it felt foreign and contaminated. I no longer belonged only to myself. Someone had violated me and I had been wholly unable to stop him. This, I realized, was what real fear felt like. My body was not safe from violence, my space was not safe from invasion, I was not safe from assault. My sense of autonomy had evaporated. All that was left was the permanent etch of his touch on my skin. 

In the past few months, there have been countless conversations and articles about “safe spaces.” In particular, this campus has seen the rise of a striking and ugly anti-safe-space argument: that safe spaces encourage “coddling,” that they restrict free speech, that they condone censorship and pandering. Those who need safe spaces are labeled as whiny, childish, and weak.

Megan G. Jones | May 15, 2016

Tulane: Universities must address correlation between college athletes, sexual assault

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four women will be sexually assaulted during their college years. Athletes commit one in three college sexual assaults according to a study done between 1991 and 1993 cited by the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes.  

The numbers have only gotten worse since then. The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport reported in 2011 that there were 700 stories on violent acts by college athletes against women that year, compared to 368 in 1995.

Lily Milwit | May 15, 2016