Thursday, November 6, 2014

When a Student Confides a Rape, Should a Professor Have to Report It?

The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 6th, 2014

While a faculty member’s primary roles may be teaching and research, it isn’t unusual for students to use professors as a sounding board for personal problems, even serious ones like rape. New rules on many campuses, however, now mean that if students confide in faculty members about a sexual assault, the professors are required to report the information to college officials.
That change in the way campuses are interpreting faculty responsibilities under the gender-equity law known as Title IX makes some professors uneasy. They say they are often on the front lines when it comes to students' venting about both their academic struggles and their private lives. In some cases, students even write about deeply personal issues as part of course assignments.

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