Title IX > Students

Jennifer Doyle’s Campus Sex Campus Security article its starts off by describing a police “watering” demonstrators with pepper spray. Then goes on to point out a student who was taking pictures at the event got pepper spray on her pants and she shared this picture with the world and social media went crazy. Doyle goes on to ask why are they using this much force for a non-violent act? Who is responsible for the decision to pepper spray demonstrators? My question in why did a picture of pepper spray on jeans get so much attention?

They say they were worried about the “very young students” which is why they took such drastic actions. But the youngest students on a college campus are around 18-19 years old, meaning everyone is an adult. The way the college uses very young students or young girls, in my opinion, makes their argument sound like they are talking about kids. Next they say their worry was that, “older people from outside” may interact with “very young girls” Did this statement bother you as you read this, if so why and if not why? It bothered me because yes, it’s good that the college is looking out for its students and doesn’t want anyone to get abused, however I believe they are using sexual assault as an excuse for the actions of the police. Are colleges really concerned for their students or not violating title IX?

This article is different than what we have been been reading/ watching. According to Doyle, the college administrators are worried that anything might happen or it has already happened. In the previous articles or videos we have watched on sexual assault colleges don’t seem worried about the issue. However do you think this college is using their fear as a scape goat for the mistakes and bad choices of their security? Do you think colleges are now just trying to find ways to not violate Title IX instead of having true concern for the safety of their students?

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professionalism, bureaucracy, implementing,

petty protests & unreal consequences

  1.  In Angus Johnston’s “Student Protests Then and Now” he begins with how there has been a rise in student activism on college campuses.  He goes on to explain  the evolution of protests from the 60s to present day and what affected the growth or decline of activism in each time period. Some of the factors include demographics, declining student power, and active suppression. He also includes the main topics that students protest about; racial discrimination, sexual assault and harassment, rising tuition, and student debt. However not everyone is pro-student activism, Johnston states, “Many of the current movement’s critics have been quick to dismiss student dissent as “bullying” or “censorship.” I disagree with this quote because standing up for something, does not mean you’re a “bully.” However, I believe that today especially some groups are blowing topics out of proportion.  For example, my dad works in construction and he received an email that explained why they have to change what kind of construction tape they use. It stated that here at the University of Delaware a  female student was passing a construction zone and on the tape it said, “men at work.” The student emailed a dean and complained how the tape doesn’t include the women working, therefore should not be used in the university. To my surprise the university actually took action and now construction workers are not permitted to use tape that says that.  I did not agree with this particular action, yes it is a small change but was it really necessary for the workers to do? What topics do you think are when students should take action?
  2. “The six students are all California residents between the ages of 19 and 28 who decided to protest the tuition increases by blocking a major thoroughfare in the area. They now each face sentences of 30 days in jail for two misdemeanors, including for creating a public nuisance, though the local district attorney is reportedly striving to convince the judge to sentence them to more time. ” This how Matthew Renda begins his article. I was first shocked when I read the students were sent to jail for this act. Then I continued to read that people are trying to persuade the judge to sentence them for more time. The punishment does not stop their, Renda adds that the university also suspended them for half a year. Renda’s article goes on to expand on the situation. He also includes facts about students taking out loans and who are in debt. I understand that student loans are not the look, however there has to be tuition for Universities. I don’t fully understand the reason for causing a scene about this either, but if someone could expand on this that would be great. However, I do not agree with the punishments being placed on the students. Why are they being sent to jail for nonviolent protesting?  Would you say there could be a better way universities and the cities could handle these type of situations? Should students really have to go to jail for standing up for what they believe in? Is there a better way for students, like the ones in Santa Cruz , to make a point and for their voices to be heard?