Emerson College Statement Regarding Open Title IX investigation

May 03, 2014

We support our students who have come forward to advocate for change in this important national issue. To protect the privacy of our students, however, we cannot comment on specific cases.

Emerson has been working diligently with our students, faculty, and staff to expand our education and sexual assault prevention programs. We have taken a number of steps to provide a way forward for improving safety and supporting students who have experienced sexual assault.

During this academic year, our actions have included hiring a Director of Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Response Advocate and the retention of an experienced consulting firm to conduct an external and independent review of Emerson’s Title IX and Clery Act policies, procedures, and practices related to sexual assault.

We have also strengthened our educational and training programs; revised our survivors rights and options resource materials on our website and in printed brochures; and written, distributed, and implemented a new Campus SaVE Policy. In addition, the search for a full-time Title IX coordinator position, recently approved by Emerson's Board of Trustees, will commence shortly.