What would you do?

Title IX is defined. No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.) It says in the article that a campus runs on federal funding and to get federal funding they must provide a rape free and safe campus environment. Saying this campuses are more likely to deny peoples accusations or claim them as false in order to save the image of a “safe campus”. Universities cannot afford this bad publicity so when a case comes up like the UNC on in the video or the false UVA or even where something “might happen” to a “very young girl”, the universities both have to deny it or bury it and make the victim suffer. Why is this right? Why should this girl or guy feel worthless or like a liar because if the story got out it would hurt the universities? Title IX is encouraging college campuses to deny all rape or sexual assault charges in order to absolve* the university from being held accountable. “Campus is defined as a safe place”, but is it really because when the university doesn’t even listen to you who do you go to? Which can lead to even more damage to the victim mentally they feel betrayed, stupid and like no one will believe them, the universities should be penalized more by not helping these people who are brave enough to come forward. “Victims of sexual assault, harassment, and intimate partner violence are encouraged to report. A minority file complaints and try and see the process through, doing so takes material and emotional resources. Few will tell you the process provides resolution” so why would one even try when so many before them have, with similar stories and been told they are lying or it’s a long process where they might not even get back to them? So why should one even “try and see the process through”. “ One in five women will be raped or subject to an attempted rape” one fifth of the college age women are being raped and why don’t we hear more cases of it, because all aren’t taken seriously, all aren’t investigated or maybe the women was told they drank too much or dress too provocative. These are dark figure numbers which means many of these go unreported, unaccounted for, which is a shame. We shouldn’t live in a world where people are more afraid to come forward and be accused of being a liar than they are to go out with the high chance of getting raped.


The article that really posed a lot of questions for me was the one by the former president of University of Delaware, Patrick T. Harker. He argued that all Universities, Delaware included should be learner-centric. While in reality they are teacher-centric. Shouldn’t our learning be focused around us? To best fit our needs and our schedule? I am baffled by how much I agree with what Patrick T. Harker is saying. It is not like you order some food and then they tell you when they are ready for you to pick it up or what you can only order, so why should you be told what you have to take and when? You are the customer, you shouldn’t be restrained by university* requirements or classes being too full to take. They say you decide your future but do you really, between the core requirements and what your advisor “suggest” you take are really interested in what you are taking. Hanker also poses the question why are we teaching our students formulas and knowledge that could easily be solved by the web or we wouldn’t use in the workplace. I couldn’t be more in agreement with that, I am a business major and I am confident I will never have to find the angle of the slope or the cosine of whatever I am doing. It’s just ridiculous* that I am required to memorize those formulas when I could type it in google and have the answer in a matter of seconds. He goes on to say “technology is not the answer but it is part of it” inferring that we shouldn’t be consumed by technology but we should use it to our advantage. We can’t be fully reliant on it because then we only know what the computer does but it’s not bad to use it as a tool. So my question to you is, do you really believe that you are the maker of your own path in life or do you think you are just taking the path the University wants you to take? Are your classes centered around the students or the professor*? Are you just going to you are just going where ever your schedule tells you to go?

University-an educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning, conferring degrees in various faculties, and often embodying colleges and similar institutions

Ridiculous-deserving or inviting derision or mockery

Professor- teacher of the highest rank in a college or university