Ivy League Schools and Other Colleges Under Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

PIC: US Govt (PD)

PIC: US Govt (PD)

Abby Zimet writes at Common Dreams:

In an unprecedented move as part of the Obama administration’s effort to combat sexual violence at colleges – said to strike one in five women – the Department of Education has released a list of 55 universities currently under investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases under Title IX gender equity laws. The White House has also set up the website Notalone.gov to offer information on Title IX rights and complaints, and has released a report with guidelines, recommendations and model policies for schools. The list of schools under investigation includes some usual suspects – Occidental, Florida , Chapel Hill – but also a slew of way pricey, top-tier schools you’d think would know better but evidently don’t, including Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Catholic University and the Universities of Chicago and  Southern California. The push to hold these places accountable has come in large part from rights advocates, who note that federal authorities have never sanctioned any school for sexual violence violations under Title IX. So maybe it’s time. Full list below.

Arizona State University
Butte-Glen Community College (CA)
Occidental College (CA)
University of California-Berkeley
University of Southern California
Regis University (CO)
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Denver
University of Connecticut
Catholic University of America (DC)
Florida State University
Emory Universtiy (GA)
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Idaho
Knox College (IL)
University of Chicago
Indiana University- Bloomington
Vincennes University (IN)
Amherst College (MA)
Boston University
Emerson College (MA)
Harvard College (MA)
Harvard University- Law School
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Frostberg State University (MD)
Michigan State University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Guilford College (NC)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Minot State University (ND)
Dartmouth College (NH)
Princeton University (NJ)
CUNY Hunter College (NY)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY)
Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
SUNY Binghamton (NY)
Denison University (OH)
Ohio State University
Wittenberg University (OH)
Oklahoma State University
Carngie Mellon University (PA)
Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
Pennsylvania State University
Swarthmore College (PA)
Temple University (PA)
Vanderbilt University (TN)
Southern Methodist University (TX)
The University of Texas-Pan American
College of William and Mary (VA)
University of Virginia
Washington State University
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Bethany College (WV)
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine



29 Comments on "Ivy League Schools and Other Colleges Under Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases"

  1. Oginikwe | May 3, 2014 at 4:11 pm |

    I hope that they get this right. I am haunted by the stories I’ve been told by coeds and the things that have happened to them on campus. When I urged them to go to campus security and/or the police, they were too afraid of what would be done to them and didn’t trust the system. Apparently, from some of the stories that have come out, their fears were not unfounded and I was the one who was overly optimistic. Only one student told her parents and was then transferring out of the college.

  2. VaudeVillain | May 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm |

    I live near two of these schools in a very college-oriented area. It’s been big news locally, with a lot of people pissed because they don’t really want the Feds breathing down their necks and a lot of other people pissed that it had to come to this at all.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm |

    if sexual violence against women in college
    is really 20% of females (said to strike one in five)
    seems like this is an undrstated response

    • mannyfurious | May 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm |

      Of course it is. Anyone who’s every gone to college in this country would/should/could recognize that the date-rape culture is a predominate phenomenon on any campus. It’s repugnant beyond words, frankly, and one of the myriad of reasons why I couldn’t stand the whole “college experience.”

      There’s something about the culture of that age group, though. I hope this doesn’t come across as victim blaming, because it’s not the womens’ fault, but it’s pretty obvious that so many of those guys are scummy little creeps, but it almost seems like the creepier they are, the more the girls pay attention. And then they’re surprised and rightfully upset when the creepy guy does some repellent shit.

      • BuzzCoastin | May 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm |

        20% is a huge number
        really hard to believe there isn’t more hue and cry
        where the fuck are the pigs in all this?
        busting pot dealers?

        • high fiving the bros rapists?

          • BuzzCoastin | May 4, 2014 at 2:50 am |

            are you?
            seems like it

          • Merely making the observation that those rapists that don’t get tried and jailed will likely end up either as pigs themselves, or “pillars of the community” helping fatten the pigs and themselves.

            Thus continuing the cycle of rape, but in whole new ways.

            But you clearly want to play other games, Buzz…
            You’re getting slow these days to resort to such lazy edit traps.

            I’ll remember you the way you were when you started commenting
            …and were so full of life…

          • BuzzCoastin | May 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm |

            yet another CuzzBoastin
            butt that’s my fate
            copycats with suggestions
            lacking talent & wit

          • You don’t understand mirrors very well, do you. -☆

            yet another CuzzBoastin
            butt that’s my fate
            copycats with suggestions
            lacking talent & wit

          • BuzzCoastin | May 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm |

            butt I understand trolls
            cause I attract so many lame ones

          • Ever heard of the Law Of Attraction™? Maybe you have unknowingly tapped into its power.

            Oh, and…

            butt I understand trolls
            cause I attract so many lame ones

          • It’s all about the Art Of The Frame®

        • VaudeVillain | May 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm |

          Most sexual assaults don’t involve some dude jumping out of an alley. Most involve people who willingly went behind closed doors for mostly legal reasons, only for the situation to change as events progress. For the police to be there for most of them, they would need to be insinuated into every date, every party, every movie with friends, every study session, and generally every instance of more than one person in the same place at the same time. I definitely don’t want that, and I highly doubt you do either.

          Unfortunately, this is a problem that can never be fully solved, and as such can never be adequately solved either. One rape is an unacceptably high number, but it’s going to happen and we can’t stop them all. For the most part, law enforcement can only improve their ability to deal with the aftermath of an assault… and for the most part they need to, because most are atrocious at dealing with such crimes once reported.

          • BuzzCoastin | May 4, 2014 at 2:55 am |

            then this continues after college?
            or is this just college?
            the number still seems very high
            like an epidemic

            right, as usual the pigs are useless

          • VaudeVillain | May 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm |

            Yes, it definitely continues after college,just like it starts before. College is an environmental risk factor, but not the cause.

        • mannyfurious | May 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm |

          Pretty much.

      • Oginikwe | May 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

        But they don’t have bright red “SLC” on their foreheads–they look like everyone else. They often have great social skills and are intellectually curious. Sometimes they are athletes, sometimes frat brothers, sometimes nerds. It’s not obvious and it’s not just this age group. The ones that are obvious are the ones women know to stay away from. It’s the smooth operators, the players who don’t reveal that side until it is too late.

        • mannyfurious | May 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm |

          Too some extant, sure. My experience was that most I could spot most of them within a few minutes of walking into a party or bar.

          • I’m curious as to how you think you would know?

          • mannyfurious | May 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm |

            Only the smart ones or the ones with the least amount of self-awareness even bother to hide it. It’s not an easy thing to explain. It’s a job done by Kahneman’s “system 1” thinking. That’s not to say I’m always right about it, or that I don’t miss some from time to time. I’m just saying most of these guys are such creeps (and are too obtuse to bother trying to hide the signs) that if you know the type, your spider sense goes haywire. I know that’s not a scientific answer by any means, but it’s like how some people can spot closeted gay people. If you’re halfway observant and have been to college and have been around some of these asswipes (the rapists, not the homosexuals, obviously), you get a sixth sense about it.

  4. InfvoCuernos | May 4, 2014 at 3:28 am |

    I’d hate to be the father of a girl in college reading this right now. I had no idea it was that bad.

    • Apathesis | May 4, 2014 at 9:05 am |

      It’s really bad at Boston schools, especially BU.

      Consider that according to statistics, 1/3 of all women REPORT being sexually abused at some point in there lives, and consider that the number is probably much higher due to the shame and fear many experience after such an attack. Scary, disgusting and infuriating.

      • InfvoCuernos | May 4, 2014 at 12:20 pm |

        And that’s the future: rapists and their victims will make up the professional degreed workforce-the lawyers are the ones I truly worry about, they’ll be the politicians.

  5. Oginikwe | May 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm |

    They don’t trust us in our own bodies. How can we be trusted with pepper spray?

    • Apathesis | May 5, 2014 at 8:07 am |

      Exactly, which is hilarious coming from a “liberal” state like Massachusetts.

      Sadly, a lot of women here buy into that sort of sexism because they are so rabidly anti-gun or anti-self-defense that they claim the weapon will more than likely be used against them than by them for self-defense.

  6. Adam's Shadow | May 4, 2014 at 10:02 pm |

    I’m not a big fan of Loius C.K. but he was spot-on when he said that there is no greater threat to women than men.

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