Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society

Sexual Assault on College Campuses/UNC Title IX Task Force lesson 2: Treat all parties with due process, fairness and respect #UNCIX

There has been a media firestorm about campus sexual assault with Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” eliciting a great reaction, then questions arising about Rolling Stone’s journalistic practices. Today The Diane Rehm Show spent an hour on the discussion of the fallout, spurring me to write more about my experiences on the UNC Title IX Task Force that reshaped the university’s response to sexual assault. I... Read more

Academic fraud at UNC was like a systematic cancer that requires treatment

The University of North Carolina’s new report about 18 years of academic fraud that kept athletes eligible to play sports is national headline news, and as you can expect, these revelations are rocking Chapel Hill. You may wonder why I am writing about this on a blog about “protecting child safety at all levels of society.” While this case may not explicitly be about child safety (though it does have connections), it is such an important case of a school being able to look... Read more

Universities realize that they are youth-serving organizations: a starting point for creating safety policies

The Penn State child abuse scandal opened the eyes of college administrators across the country. How could Jerry Sandusky molest children for more than a decade within programs that operated in the facilities of the revered Penn State football program? The answer to that question is a complicated one to be explored elsewhere, but the scandal has made colleges and universities across the country aware that the are actually youth-serving institutions as well. This is a real wake-up call,... Read more