Sexual Harassment Beyond #MeToo conference in Beirut, April 12, 2019. (The Daily Star/AUB, HO)
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If a student from the American University of Beirut is sexually harassed or assaulted, can U.S. sex-discrimination law protect them?The student-organized discussion, titled "Sexual Harassment Beyond #MeToo," brought together students from AUB and Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts Friday over a live online video-linked discussion that was put on a projector for the respective audiences.During the event, questions were raised as to whether AUB's Title IX office was doing its due diligence in preventing sexual harassment on campus and supporting victims.AUB panelists, who consisted mainly of members of the university's Feminist Club, said the office could be doing more to assist with sexual harassment cases.AUB's Title IX coordinator, who was in the audience, pushed back. Mitra Tauk insisted the office was doing all it could to address sexual harassment and assault cases within AUB's jurisdiction.Because Title IX is a U.S. legal framework, it cannot be applied outside of AUB. This means that if a harasser is not an AUB student or faculty member, Title IX is not applicable to them.
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