April 21, 2017
A book written by Communication Prof. Laura Kipnis critiquing the Title IX process at Northwestern has received mixed reviews since its release earlier this month.
“Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,” which was released April 4, discusses former philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow, who was found in violation of the University’s sexual misconduct policy. In the past, Ludlow has denied all allegations of sexual assault. He resigned in 2015 following several months of legal battles and University findings that he had sexually harassed two students.
Kipnis told The Daily she wanted to write the book as a “counterhistory” to what was recorded when the University investigated whether Ludlow had violated NU’s sexual misconduct policy. She said Title IX officers are public officials who represent and enforce government policy, adding that citizens have the right to criticize policies and question how they are implemented.
“If I’m able to present a more nuanced history than was recorded in the official documents … then I think I have done something that needed to be done, which is to add complexity to what I think were insufficient investigations of these complaints,” Kipnis said.
In her book, Kipnis also discusses her own experience with the Title IX process. In March 2015, two graduate students filed Title IX retaliation complaints against Kipnis after she wrote an op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education criticizing the University’s…
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