The statistics cannot be more telling. Out of the 38,140 student population at the University of Maryland, from 2014 through 2015, 120 acts of sexual misconduct were officially logged at the University’s Title IX office.
In the same time period, the office’s budget nearly doubled and in a testament to bureaucracy, reached the $1 million plateau. Of course the kicker to this disturbing missive is that the University brass wants to add a $34 dollar bill onto each student’s yearly tab to cover the unprecedented documentation and workload of the Title IX coordinator. Each federally funded institution is required to have a Title IX office and subsequent infrastructure staffed full-time in fielding sexual misconduct reporting protocol.
According to the New York Daily News, public universities are facing increased pressure from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights in the proper handling of sexual misconduct allegations and investigations. However, the financial framework as in the case of the University of Maryland’s Title IX office’s skyrocketing budget in proportion to reported cases and overall workload makes no sense to logical thinkers outside of the realm and influence of government.
As parents and students nationwide continue to struggle with increasing tuition costs, the fiscal footprint of Title IX is the proverbial tip of the iceberg as a culprit in the train wreck which typifies the modern University budget and highlights the destructive aspects of “rape culture”. While campuses strive to maintain the misnomer of a “safe zone”, the overprotective and nanny-state tactics forced upon the younger generations is only damming the future standing of a once proud and vigorous nation teetering at a precarious crossroads.
Read the New York Daily News article here.