Before the #MeToo movement, college students were promoting a new standard of conduct on college campuses with the Yes Means Yes Campaign to end sexual violence and harassment.
UC Berkeley was often at the center of the storm. There were allegations against high-profile faculty, lawsuits, firings and resignations -- including the chancellor’s.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights conducted an investigation prompted by student complaints, and this week officials announced an agreement that brings that investigation to a close.
UC Berkeley has made improvements to its policies and procedures around sexual harassment and sexual violence, federal officials found, but the school still isn’t meeting all legal requirements.
Investigators spent four years looking into the issues and made nine campus visits. They reviewed more than 200 cases, and found in some instances that the university didn’t provide students enough information about their rights, or took too long to resolve the cases.
UC Berkeley has agreed to a two-year monitoring period. The university will revise its alternative resolution process, which allows some cases to be resolved without a formal investigation, and its policies on handling allegations against faculty or staff.