Attorney Gloria Allred announced that complaints were filed against Swarthmore College,
Some of these were Title IX complaints alleging a hostile environment for women. Others charged the colleges with violating the federal Clery Act, which requires accurate reporting of campus crimes.
"We are asking the
"There are 5,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Every day on these campuses students face rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual harassment," said Occidental professor and criminologist Danielle Dirks.
Last month, Jim Tranquada, a college spokesman, said that since 2010, Occidental has updated its sexual-misconduct policies and procedures and trained more faculty, staff and students in how to respond effectively to reports of sexual assault.
“We hope that our actions today will encourage our university to support reporting of sexual assaults and to punish sexual offenders,” said Tucker Reed, the group's co-founder and an alleged rape victim who spoke at a news conference in
Reed said the university hired investigators to look into her case, only to be told that their process was "educative," not punitive.
"But when students are punished for other kinds of violent assaults, or even for simple cheating, why shouldn't they be punished for rape?" she said.
A university spokesman said he had not had a chance to review the complaint.
"While the university remains committed to addressing student concerns and protecting the rights of all students, the university's disciplinary process cannot and does not take the place of the judicial system. Any student victim of a crime has the option of reporting it to the
A UC Berkeley student said she was sexually assaulted her freshman year by a student "leader" who she alleged also assaulted four of her peers. Seven months after she filed a report with a campus group, she said she was notified there had been an investigation and that the case had been solved through "an early resolution" process. His graduation two weeks after she received the email removed the case from the university's jurisdiction.
UC Berkeley spokeswoman Janet Gilmore said the school had not had the opportunity to review the complaint, however, she said the campus "takes sexual assault very seriously and we are constantly working to strengthen our efforts to prevent such acts from occurring and to thoroughly report and investigate such matters when they arise."
"We also seek to ensure that students receive the counseling and the support services they need when coping with such a difficult ordeal," Gilmore said.