Princeton IX Now is a group of students organizing for reform of Princeton’s Title IX Procedures.
PrincetonIXNow, SPEAR, the Color Q’llective, and the Black Leadership Coalition Mental Health Task Force are currently responding to changes to the Title IX law made by the Department of Education with demands to the Princeton administrators responsible for implementing changes to Title IX policies.
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PrincetonIXNow, SPEAR, the Color Q’llective, and the Black Leadership Coalition Mental Health Task Force demand transformative justice, representative and accessible mental health support, and prevention of assault.
Accountability for interpersonal violence
The university must offer a robust alternative system of transformative justice/accountability for all survivors. Most survivors on campus didn’t go to TitleIX in the first place. Now Title IX won’t even have jurisdiction over assaults in eating clubs, study abroad, or harassment that is not deemed “severe and pervasive.” We need an alternative system.
- The university must ensure that any students who choose to enter the new Title IX hearing process are provided with a full-time social worker or lawyer on staff, to ensure equity between parties in the new cross-examination phase. As articulated by student protests last spring, 3 hours of training has been inadequate for many staff to act as effective advisors to students. Now that students going through Title IX must face cross-examination, it is more important than ever that complainants and respondents unable to hire their own lawyers are properly supported during this process to ensure a degree of equity. This cannot be achieved without representatives trained in trauma-informed care, in the law, and whose sole job it is to represent the student in question.
Supporting survivors & preventing harm
- The university must hire more counselors that can specifically support survivors, and hire more counselors of different identities--especially Black counselors and LGBTQ+-identifying counselors. The university must invest in more diverse types of therapy available, including group therapy geared towards different communities. Right now, students of all identities experience massive wait times for counseling--and this is exacerbated by BIPOC and LGBT students especially not seeing many therapists that understand and reflect their identities.
Students must be able to easily and affordably access off-campus therapy, with easy and accessible means of getting financial support. The financial support resource must be widely publicized df and shared with centers under the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to prevent violence
- All students must undergo training throughout each year of university aimed at teaching healthy community behaviors and deconstructing the intersecting forms of patriarchy, racism, etc. that all contribute to interpersonal violence.