Legal Issues

Going the Distance to Protect Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

By Kate Whitney According to research funded by the Justice Department, only 3 to 18 percent of sexual assaults lead to a conviction. Challenges in proving a case may be due to a lack of evidence, an inability to identify the perpetrator, attempts to undermine the credibility of the alleged victim, trauma, and many other factors. According to RAINN (Rape, […]

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Empowering Students to End Hazing on Campus

By Kate Whitney Hazing, or the use of any action or situation intentionally created to humiliate, ridicule, harass, or risks emotional or physical harm (with or without consent) to members of a group or team, is illegal in 44 states—including Vermont. However, hazing continues to be a problematic issue on campuses nationwide, with four deaths linked to […]

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Legal Issues: Understanding Trauma and Fairness in Sexual Assault Cases

A fight or flight response. An inability to call out or fight back. Feelings of disassociation. Non-linear memories. These are all reactions a person might experience during a traumatic experience. For Jeff Nolan, understanding trauma and its potential lasting effects, while ensuring fairness to all parties, are crucial when investigating and adjudicating a sexual assault case. Nolan, […]

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Combatting Bias and Hate on Campus: An Interview with Dr. Denzil J. Suite

By Kate Whitney Every year, the University of Vermont gathers experts in higher education law, student affairs, and campus public safety to address the diverse challenges impacting all aspects of higher education for its Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Now in its 28th year, the conference will once again host a number of dynamic […]

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Legal Issues: Monitoring Social Media on Campus

Dr. Gary Margolis is the founder and CEO of Social Sentinel, Inc., a service that provides universities and colleges insights into safety and security concerns being shared publicly on social media. His professional career spans over 20 years in public safety and more than a decade in higher education serving as chief of police at the University of […]

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Legal Issues: Tackling Sexual Assault on Campus

A panel discussion at last year’s UVM Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference. Stanford University student Brock Turner’s short jail sentence has triggered outrage against the judge and controversy over how the justice system treats sexual assault survivors. Turner, 21, was released from jail in early September after just three months behind bars for sexually […]

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