Marist’s Website Title IX ‘Get Help’ Page Down for Over Five Months

Video by Emily Pascale & Jenna Fuschillo

While working on a research project about the Title IX procedures on campus, Brianna Panasiuk discovered the ‘Get Help’ section on the sexual misconduct page for Marist’s website was not working.  The page was down for at least five months after that.

Brianna first uncovered the issue in November. “When I went to the Title IX website to look into how to report it, I tried to click on the ‘Get Help for Myself’ link and it brought me to an error page.”  When she tried clicking on the various other ‘Get Help’ links, she found that those were also inaccessible.

Ed Freer, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, said he was unaware of the links being down.

While Freer said he and his colleagues had a meeting early last week where they verified the usage of the links, we emailed IT the weekend preceding the meeting, and they restored the links that Sunday.

Panasiuk addressed her concerns about the site to the Title IX Coordinator, Christina Daniele, in November.  Brianna said she finds the school’s failure to resolve the issue troubling, and believes the Title IX area of the website should be revamped.  “I think the webpage needs to be accessible to everyone and should be located in a less obscure part of the [Marist] website.”

Freer said they are, in fact, in the process of redesigning the page to have more of a modern layout and be more conducive to student use.  “We are looking at an online reporting option, with a form where students can fill out an incident report.”  Their hope is to get up to speed with other colleges, like Vassar, where students can anonymously report an account of sexual misconduct directly on the website.

At the current moment, students can seek help from either counseling and health services or anyone with an advisory capacity on campus, including professors, coaches, student conduct personnel, residence assistants, and even club advisors.  Freer makes it clear that if students do disclose an incident to any one of these people, they are required to report it and an investigation will ensue.

If students want to keep the assault confidential but still seek support, Freer says they should go to health services or a member of the clergy.  These people are exempt from having to report the incident, and counseling services are required by New York State law not to divulge the information.

President of Femme, Sara Craft, underscores what she believes to be a lack of awareness about the counseling option.  “Unless you go into health services a lot, you would not know that’s even there.” She insisted that there needs to be more of a concerted effort by the school to promote safe havens and places to turn to after an assault.

Students can view the existing information about sexual misconduct here: https://www.marist.edu/title-ix/.

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