Comments for: On college campuses, Title IX transforms response to rape — but not without critics On college campuses, Title IX transforms response to rape — but not without critics Over the last decade or so, Title IX has shifted onto a different patch of contentious terrain: sexual assault on college campuses. Read More On college campuses, Title IX transforms response to rape — but not without critics Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too. That nasty line that makes your buddies go "haw, haw"? You're better than that. Comments should be your own work, not copied and pasted from elsewhere, though brief quoted passages to make your point are fine. And please don't use all capital letters. There's no need to shout. Stay focused on the issue in the article. Off-topic posts will be deleted. This isn't a forum to chat about your personal life. Some ideas — the fate of the earth, abortion, gun control, the nature of God — aren't going to be resolved in a reader forum, so no need to get frustrated if others don't see your point of view. State your position once and leave it at that. If you mouse over each comment you will see a "Flag" button. Please use it if you feel comments on the site are out of line. Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Oldfishergeek People do stupid things when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. “Sinners remorse” and avoidance of personal responsibility make this subject more murky. While I have sympathy for both parties in these matters, I don’t believe that sanctions (dismissal, jail time, etc) should be imposed on any basis other than those required for criminal conviction. Intentional or not, placing oneself in a compromising situation creates shared responsibility. I do not walk in front of a moving car without expecting to get hit. This is not blaming the victim; this is applying the rules of other situations to this situation. There is such a thing as shared responsibility and I believe the term rape means that one party (the person raped) has no responsibility for the event. bamboo_princess If one individual is drunk and the other is not it’s not a case of shared responsibility. It’s taking advantage of someone with diminished ability to make judgments and can be legally evaluated as rape. bamboo_princess This article, and most universities, really perform all or nothing for sexual assault. They immediately dismiss the accused or do nothing . That doesn’t have to be the case. While this matter is being sorted legislatively, schools can be taking measures to protect the accuser without destroying the life of the accused during investigation. Rearranging classes to decrease the likelihood that the two will interact. Arranging campus security escorts for common spaces or even starting an advocate program. Students currently do work study giving safe rides, why not establish individuals who can travel with the students between classes? A third party who can serve as a witness or chaperon. Obviously it’s not ideal and no student should *have* to be accompanied at all times, but obviously this isn’t an ideal situation. It’s inconvenient enough to ensure schools work quickly, but gives them a safety net to conduct a complete investigation. Also, schools should be incorporating sexual assault procedures into orientation. Talking about who and where to go for reporting. Discussing whether or not campus health services can gather a rape kit (where to go if they don’t) and where to go for counseling and advocacy. It wouldn’t hurt to also discuss the fact that having sex with a drunk individual is a recipe for a sexual assault case and it’s in ones best interest to explicit ask consent before proceeding with any hook up activity.