It Bears Mentioning: Is music theory really #SoWhite?

Case featured in article by John McWhorter One dustup over antiracism these days has been inspired by an Austrian music theorist who died 86 years ago. Heinrich Schenker’s music theory is still widely taught today. He was a genius – and also an open racist who wrote extensively of his sentiments thereabout in uncompromising language. Musicologists… Continue reading It Bears Mentioning: Is music theory really #SoWhite?

New York Times: Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech

Featured in the New York Times A scholar’s address about racism and music theory was met with a vituperative, personal response by a small journal. It faced calls to cease publishing. A periodical devoted to the study of a long-dead European music theorist is an unlikely suspect to spark an explosive battle over race and… Continue reading New York Times: Obscure Musicology Journal Sparks Battles Over Race and Free Speech

Legal Insurrection: UConn Must Pay $63,000 to Victim of Title IX Kangaroo Court

Featured in Legal Insurrection One way to make colleges stop using kangaroo courts is to make it financially painful for them. Nearly a year after a male student and University of Connecticut jointly submitted a plan to end his litigation against the school for its sexual misconduct investigation, the judge in the case has figured out UConn’s… Continue reading Legal Insurrection: UConn Must Pay $63,000 to Victim of Title IX Kangaroo Court

Denton Record-Chronicle: Music professor files suit against UNT for alleged retaliation over racism accusations

Featured in Denton Record-Chronicle A University of North Texas music professor filed a lawsuit against the university for violating his constitutional rights. The suit comes after UNT said it would remove Dr. Timothy Jackson from his position at the head of a music theory journal, defunding the journal itself as well as the research center… Continue reading Denton Record-Chronicle: Music professor files suit against UNT for alleged retaliation over racism accusations

Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

Judge Michael Shea of the Federal District Court of Connecticut has ordered the University of Connecticut to pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen over $63,000 in reasonable attorney fees due to the university’s violation of a student’s due process rights in a sexual misconduct hearing. Attorney Allen sued on behalf of “John Doe” after the University… Continue reading Federal Judge Orders UConn to Pay Attorney Michael Thad Allen $63,000 for Violating Due Process Rights of Student

House Committee on Education and Labor: On the Basis of Sex: Examining the Administration’s Attacks on Gender-Based Protections

House Committee on Education and Labor In this congressional subcommittee hearing Samantha explains why the new regulations are not an attack on gender-based protections, but rather are an effective means of protecting all students’ ability to receive an education.

National Review: Universities Circumvent New Title IX Regulations

Published on nationalreview.com For years, universities have denied basic procedural protections to students accused of sexual misconduct. Despite the seriousness of such allegations, schools routinely condemn students as responsible without so much as a hearing or the opportunity to confront their accusers. This was supposed to change when the Department of Education’s new Title IX regulations… Continue reading National Review: Universities Circumvent New Title IX Regulations

K-12 and Title IX: Strengthening Enforcement to Protect Students

Education secretary Betsy DeVos has been in the news again—this time, calling for strengthening Title IX enforcement in K-12 schools as a response to increasing sexual misconduct and harassment allegations in elementary through high schools. DeVos’ office is particularly concerned about claims in which a teacher harassed or assaulted a student. What is Title IX?… Continue reading K-12 and Title IX: Strengthening Enforcement to Protect Students

Can Fraternities Be Required to Admit Women Under Title IX?

In February 2019, three female Yale students, Anna McNeil ’20, Ry Walker ’20 and Ellie Singer ’21, filed a lawsuit against Yale University, arguing that fraternities should be required to admit women and nonbinary students under Title IX as well as the Fair Housing Act. In May 2019, an on-campus group named Engender, which fights… Continue reading Can Fraternities Be Required to Admit Women Under Title IX?

What Happens if You’re a Faculty Member Accused of Misconduct? Can Title VII Protect You?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbids employers from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and overlaps with Title IX (sex discrimination) and Title VI (race, color, religion or national origin). Forms of discrimination include creating a hostile work environment, disparate treatment, disparate impact, mixed motive discrimination, and… Continue reading What Happens if You’re a Faculty Member Accused of Misconduct? Can Title VII Protect You?