Rising numbers of college women who have been sexually assaulted are coming forward to describe how administrators turned a blind eye, choosing to protect their own financial and legal interests rather than confront attackers. These stories show how serial attackers have been allowed to remain in school; college women have demanded harsher measures; and some men have claimed the academic justice system discriminates against them.
Deluged by discrimination complaints against U.S. colleges, the Education Department is taking years to resolve cases involving alleged sexual assault at Harvard Law School and Princeton University, and lawmakers are questioning the agency’s ability to enforce its own rules.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill, who led sweeping changes in how the U.S. military handles rape cases, now want to increase the number of prosecutions for sexual assault on college campuses.
Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon called for a halt to student intolerance, drinking and sexual misconduct that he said have damaged the school’s reputation and contributed to a plunge in applications this year.
Less than two years after Dartmouth College’s new President, Philip Hanlon, graduated in 1977, the school got so fed up with fraternity hijinks it gave the groups 12 months to end all racist, sexist and alcohol-abusing antics or face banishment.
Saint Joseph’s University, a private Catholic school in Philadelphia, was sued by a student suspended for an alleged rape over claims its sexual-assault policies virtually ensure that accused males will be found guilty.
Swarthmore College, under federal investigation for its handling of rape and sexual assaults, said it will increase its staff, prevention and training programs to address campus sexual misconduct and gender bias.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill drew criticism for appointing an Education Department official to head up its response to sexual assault, the subject of three federal reviews this year.
A group of Occidental College students and alumni said they filed a complaint with the Education Department today alleging that the school doesn’t meet federal standards for preventing and responding to sexual assaults.