University rape allegation stirs reforms and scepticism

In an anonymous essay, published on the first day of the 2021-22 academic year, a Yeshiva University (YU) student asserted that she was raped by one of the players of the university’s men’s basketball team, whom she didn’t name. The accuser also said she and her alleged rapist were asked by the school to sign nondisclosure agreements before the school would share with them the results of the investigation, which ended with no consequences for the accused, writes Julia Gergely for The Times of Israel.

In the wake of the allegations, the administration made moves to improve the way it handles sexual assault allegations. On 11 January, the administration announced in a letter to the student body that they would restructure their Title IX office, which oversees the federal law banning sex or gender discrimination. Then, on 10 March, the university announced it had hired a new deputy Title IX coordinator who will assist with sexual harassment and assault-related matters. Previously, the Title IX office at YU did not have an officer exclusively dedicated to such matters.

But despite these changes, and their own cautious optimism, the accuser and advocates for victims of sexual assault on campus are still waiting for a statement of regret from the administration, and assurances that future cases will be handled differently.
Full report on The Times of Israel site

The country tag on this article was corrected from Israel to United States on 3 April 2022.