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Russia’s Track and Field Team Barred From Rio Olympics

Russia’s track and field team has been barred from competing in this summer’s Rio Games because of a far-reaching doping conspiracy, an extraordinary punishment that might be without precedent in Olympics history.

Baylor Admits to Retaliation Against Rape Accuser in Bombshell Report

Baylor University admitted Thursday that administrators discouraged reports of sexual assault on campus, even going so far as to retaliate against one accuser. More.

Ex-student sues Colgate University over expulsion in sex misconduct case

A former student who says he was falsely accused of sexual misconduct sued New York’s Colgate University on Monday for expelling him after investigating complaints by three female students. More.

Bathroom Access Rights for Transgender Employees Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

“Transgender” refers to people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from the sex assigned to them at birth (e.g. the sex listed on an original birth certificate). The term transgender woman typically is used to refer to someone who was assigned the male sex at birth but who identifies as a female.  More.

Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Individuals in the Federal Workplace

It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether that discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. More.

Powerful fair use opinion from Second Circuit in Google Books case

In the latest installment of the long-running copyright litigation between the Authors Guild and Google over the Google Books project, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has now held that Google’s “copying” and “public distribution” of copyright-protected books to allow full-text searching through those works (and the display of “snippets” of text from the works) is protected as a noninfringing “fair use” under the Copyright Act. More.

USWNT stars accuse U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination in EEOC filing

Dutee Chand, Female Sprinter With High Testosterone Level, Wins Right to Compete

Dutee Chand did not follow recommendations that she take hormone-suppressing drugs or have surgery to limit her amount of testosterone. “I want to remain who I am and compete again,” she said.  Credit Graham Crouch for The New York Times. More.

 

FIFA Issues Reform Plan – October 2015

In order to restore confidence in FIFA, significant changes to FIFA’s institutional structure and operational processes are necessary to make them more transparent and accountable. Essential changes to the culture of FIFA are necessary to effect lasting change on the organization and to restore FIFA’s reputation so that it can focus on its mission: to promote football throughout the world.

Results of campus climate assessment on sexual violence released

Students, staff and others not only got an opportunity to quiz the lead investigator of a campus climate assessment on sexual violence recently, they also got to offer suggestions on how the University of New Mexico can better face this challenge.

University Counsel hired the law firm Pilgrim & Associates (P&A) last fall to conduct the review with its primary focus to be on student housing and athletics programs, following an anonymous complaint of an alleged sexual assault involving those areas.  Read More.

Experts to assess campus culture on Title IX issues

Source: University of New Mexico

With attention focused nationally on college campuses’ responses to sexual assaults, the University of New Mexico is taking several proactive approaches to assess and address this issue on our campus. In light of concerns about whether a climate exists at UNM that permits, encourages or fails to adequately respond to sexual violence, the University organized a sexual assault task force that met weekly over the summer months and developed a number of recommendations. In addition, University Counsel has commissioned an external team of experts to review the campus culture and report its findings to that office….The team, Pilgrim & Associates, is ideally qualified for this review with extensive work in the areas of sexual violence and federal anti-discrimination laws pertaining to campuses. MORE.