County may review school sex misconduct policies; Michele Dauber says it’s ‘urgent’

A Zoom news conference in favor of the Title IX review of school policies.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (Oct. 20) will consider moving forward with a review of how county K-12 schools and colleges are complying with Title IX rules and regulations.

The review is intended to discover if any schools have altered their policies after U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos changed Title IX policy nationally to give the accused more due process rights and narrow the scope of cases educators must investigate.

“The Trump administration gutted protections in Title IX and increased the likelihood that sexual assaults and harassment will occur and watered down the responses that administrators at schools and universities should take,” said county Supervisor Dave Cortese, who is running against former Santa Clara County County Counsel Ann Ravel for the state Senate seat in the South Bay. “This review is needed now more than ever.”

Title IX, a federal civil rights law, prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions and outlines procedures to protect students from sexual violence.

“We don’t expect the county to fix this single handedly with an audit,” said Rachel Sun, a student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto. “But we’re hoping that the county will conduct this review not tomorrow or sometime in the future, but now.”

Sun and other sexual abuse survivors and advocates urged county supervisors to support the proposal and emphasized the need for the Title IX review during a virtual news conference held by Cortese on Monday.

“This matter is urgent,” said Michele Dauber, Stanford law professor, who led the successful campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky for the six-month sentence he gave former Stanford swimming star Brock Turner for sex assault and attempted rape. “Students are returning to school and college right now.”

She said that at Stanford, 40% of female undergraduate students will experience sexual assault by the time of their senior year. Only 3% of those women report the assaults, she said.

“Nothing can change with only survivors as watchdogs,” Stanford student Maia Brockbank said. “As survivors we are tired and need our elected official to take our side.”

The Board of Supervisors will hear the initial analysis report no earlier than 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 20). To attend the meeting go to: or call (669) 900-6833, meeting ID


  1. I figured Michele Dauber had a hand in the protest Rachel Sun led outside Simitian’s house recently, misstating the action the Supervisors took at their last meeting about this matter. Sure enough, here they are – a team.
    It’s always “urgent” with Dauber, and better when she can screwer Simitian while upping her support of Cortese whom she’s backing for State Senate.

  2. Since when was it the county supervisors’ job to review school policies? Isn’t this why we have a county Board of Education, and individual school boards in our cities? This approach makes me suspicious that something else is going on behind the scenes.

  3. Looks like another scheme by Michele Dauber to use County tax dollars to support her pet cause. I say we eliminate these Mickey Mouse campus courts and if there are real sex assaults, have the victim go through the legal process where the accused is guaranteed the right of due process. Let’s go by the criminal court’s rules of evidence.

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