Boston College must reexamine the campus culture surrounding sex that is perpetuated by outdated rules and a lack of transparency in order to destigmatize the experiences of victims of sexual assault. The University should also provide more direct support for victims. This reexamination should be inspired by an executive order, signed on March 8 by…
BC Theology Department Chair Accused of Sexual Assault
In two YouTube videos released on Wednesday and Jan. 23, theologian Laura Grimes alleges that Richard Gaillardetz, chair of the theology department, sexually assaulted her twice—on Halloween and in early December of 1987—while the two were students in a theology doctoral program at Notre Dame.
Title IX Lawsuit Enters Discovery Phase
The lawsuit brought by a Boston College student-athlete against the University entered into discovery in U.S. District Court earlier this month.
‘Back The Night’ Confronts College Women’s Safety
The Boston College theatre department’s production ‘Back the Night’ explores the aftermath of sexual assault.
First Circuit Reverses, Allows BC Student’s Lawyer to Appear
First Circuit Judge David J. Barron’s Oct. 24 order came with a note that the motion for Gersen to appear was denied “because it would create a recusal.”
Judge Questions BC’s Investigatory Model in Sexual Misconduct Cases
Recently released court documents suggests that the Mass. District Court believes that BC’s investigatory model in matters of sexual assault is fundamentally unfair.
BC Women’s Center Sponsors ‘Take Back the Night’ 2019
“Take Back the Night” is an annual, worldwide event in pursuit of diminishing the stigma and silence about instances of sexual violence. Every year, the BC Women’s Center sponsors the event, inviting students to listen to accounts of sexual violence survivors and songs from BC-based a cappella group.
BC Successfully Limits Scope of $3 Million Lawsuit Jury Trial
The scope of the jury trial taking place next month in the $3 million lawsuit being brought against Boston College will be limited solely to whether or not administrative interference took place, specifically a breach of contract or violated basic fairness principle.
BC Releases Clery Stats, 2017 Numbers Continue Trend of Increased Reporting
In compliance with the Clery Act, the University’s report cites 39 instances of rape, with 34 of those crimes occurring in on-campus student housing.
‘Take Back the Night’ Recognizes Victims of Sexual Assault
The staff of the Women’s Center stressed that its wide range of resources are available to anyone who needs them.