After receiving my last correspondence from Michigan State, I grappled with whether or not to pursue the issue. I gave myself a while to cool off and then sent this email:
Ms. Cox,I appreciate your reply but it does not address my concerns. What is Michigan State doing to protect its female students? The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights already found that the university mishandled several sexual assault cases brought by female students. Additionally, the OCR found that these women were subject to a sexually hostile environment. How can women at Michigan State feel safe when they know they’ve lost a safe place (the women’s lounge) and if they must report sexual harassment, it might be mishandled?Thank you for your time.
I then received a reply that my email was forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator, Jessica Norris who subsequently emailed me an invitation to speak with her on the phone or meet in person. I’m puzzled as to why the correspondence cannot continue via email and reticent to speak with her on the phone. Any thoughts?
P.S. If you haven’t done so already, sign the petition to reopen the women’s lounge–it only needs 99 more signatures.