By Alli Dayton, Managing/News Editor
On Monday, Director of the Office of Sexual Respect and Title IX Amanda Blaugher sent an email to the campus community detailing the updated Title IX reporting statistics from fall 2017 to spring 2022.
This email retains the office’s decision since 2020 to routinely release five-year aggregate Title IX statistics to the College.
From fall 2021 to spring 2022, Blaugher said that her office received 72 reports of Title IX violations. Blaugher shared that 54 of these reports requested no further action, 4 requested an informal resolution, and 14 requested a formal resolution.
In total, the College received 260 reports over the past five years, and the most commonly requested outcome was a no process request, which 168 partied received.
Only 33 of the reports over the past five years requested a formal resolution. Of the students who requested a formal resolution, 46 percent led to the finding that a policy violation occurred.
The number of reports in 2021-2022 increased significantly from the 41 reports the office received in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Blaugher attributed the sharp increase in reporting to two factors.
First, she cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason because fewer students were on-campus in 2020-2021, resulting in fewer reports during that period.
Second, Blaugher noted that the College began its “It’s On Us” campaign in fall 2021, leading to what she perceives as increased “awareness and reporting.”
Blaugher referenced a similar increase to 74 reports that occurred in 2017-2018 after the College received funding for educational programming from the United States Office of Violence Against Women.
Blaugher concluded her email by providing resources to students who have been impacted by sexual misconduct or relationship violence.