Title IX and Social Media
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Heather Cowan
Ah, social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, yikyak, google+, snapchat, vine, tumblr... Every day it seems there is a new social media platform that students use. They seem to pick one platform up and drop it within days. Complaints and allegations of sexual harassment from students' social media use trickle in and schools are left with the question: when does this become a student conduct issue? The parties involved in sexual assault investigations point to the other's social media as "evidence" to prove their case, but is it really? How do anonymous social media sites like yikyak compromise a school's Title IX efforts?
- List the major social media platforms and their main uses.
- Understand the importance of social media in Title IX investigations.
- Understand when social media use crosses over into hate/bias/discrimination and when it is protected free speech.
- Walk away with a tip sheet for using social media content as evidence in Title IX investigations.
Heather Cowan, M.A., has over 15 years of professional experience working with diverse student populations in sexual health, student conduct and civil rights investigations. She is currently the Title IX Coordinator at the University of New Mexico. Previously, she was the Sexual Misconduct Program Manager in the Office of Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan and an Investigator with UM's Office for Institutional Equity.