Type of Thesis
College rape is a nationwide epidemic, and has gained publicity in the past decade. Many young women are filing Title IX complaints against their Universities through the Office for Civil Rights under the Department of Education to combat the way that their assault or rape was mishandled through disciplinary processes. This thesis looks at one specific Title IX complaint filed at University of Colorado Boulder, and follows the reporting process starting at the rape itself all the way till after a legal settlement occurred between the student and the university. The account and experience is analyzed in depth using explanation of specific instances of discursive closure, a way of closing the discourse or conversation around sexual assault and harassment. Using an autoethnographic method, the account is told from a first person narrative. Through analysis of the experience, we learn that the process of reporting an assault to a University is lined with many instances of discursive closure and minimal instances of discursive opening.
Gilchriese, Sarah, "Organizational Discourse and Discursive Closure on College Sex Assaults: An Autoethnography About Filing a Title IX Complaint" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 926.