In comparison, the Education Department chief civil rights attorney seemed misinformed. Here's the relevant part of the exchange:
HarkinSeated behind Lhamon, and shaking her head in disagreement was Jane Stapleton, Co-Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Prevention Innovations: Research and Practices for Ending Violence Against Women, who testified later in the hearing. The exchange occurs at about the 1:14 mark, but someone has created a clip for just this segment. (C-SPAN full video, Ombuds excerpt; UNH News.)
[A] lot of times students who are the victims of this [sexual assault or harassment], they just need to know what to do. They need to have somebody that they can trust to go to, like an ombudsman on a campus that has been trained, that has the qualifications to at least initially be on the side of the person who has been victimized to give them the kind information about where they should go. How many colleges have that kind of ombudsman? Do they have them or not?LhamonWell, the Title IX Coordinator can function as an ombudsman and every campus is supposed to have a Title IX person. So...HarkenBut the Title IX person is in the hierarchy of the school and that’s the problem. That’s the problem. You need somebody not in the hierarchy of the school.
Note: The above transcript does not match the uncorrected closed captioning, which also is available from C-SPAN.
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