Activists File Federal Complaints Over Campus Rape Reporting


Students and activists joined together Wednesday to file complaints against colleges and universities nationwide, alleging that the schools have failed to follow federal laws, including those involving the reporting of sexual assaults and discrimination, reports the Los Angeles Times. Attorney Gloria Allred announced that complaints were filed against Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College, the University of Southern California and Cal-Berkeley. Some of these were Title IX complaints alleging a hostile environment for women. Others charged that the colleges violate the federal Clery Act, which requires accurate reporting of campus crimes.

“We are asking the United States Department of Education to open an investigation into these complaints and take appropriate actions to force these colleges to comply with the law or risk losing their federal funding,” Allred said. Complaints were filed previously against Occidental College and the University of North Carolina. Occidental’s students filed a complaint in April, and the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has announced an investigation into the allegations.

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