Dartmouth, Berkeley among four schools accused of mishandling rape casesPosted: May 29, 2013
Last week, students at four universities — Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Southern California — filed complaints to the Department of Education, saying their schools had violated federal sexual assault reporting laws.
Some of the students alleged their universities had violated Title IX regulations and created “hostile environments” for survivors on the campus. Others argue the colleges violated the Clery Act, a federal sexual assault reporting requirement. The activists, joined by attorney Gloria Allred, are urging the Department of Education to investigate these claims. If found guilty, the schools could lose federal funding.
Tucker Reed, a University of Southern California student who was raped in 2010, said she was told that the university’s goal was not to punish her rapist, but offer an “educative” process. She poignantly stated in a Huffington Post article what seems so difficult for university administrators to understand.
“Rape is not an educative experience,” Reed said. “It is a crushing, life-altering, inhuman violence.”
These four schools join the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Occidental College, which filed similar complaints. Student activists at UNC and Occidental helped their counterparts at Dartmouth, Swathmore, Berkeley and USC file their complaints.
Lesson learned today: There is an incredible network of survivors across the campus. We are activists. We are tired of being quite. And we get results when we work together.