Female Occidental College students, faculty and alumni say in a federal complaint that the Los Angeles school failed to take campus sex crimes seriously by improperly reporting and adjudicating sexual assaults and covering up rapes. The 250-page complaint filed by a group of 37 Thursday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights says the school maintained a hostile environment for sexual assault victims and their advocates and violated federal Title IX laws against sexual discrimination. Even when the school’s investigations have found wrongdoing, punishment has been light, the complaint says. One student found responsible for raping a woman was given the punishment of writing a five-page book report, according to the complaint.
Today, Occidental Faculty voted No Confidence in the campus attorney and Dean of Students.
Yup, this is my school. As ashamed as I am about the way my school’s administration has conducted itself, I am still so very proud to be an Oxy student. Survivors and allies have been working so hard to change the way things are and make Oxy a model for all other institutions attempting to tackle this very serious issue.
Always irked by the news coverage saying that the OCR Complaint only has female students/faculty/alums! There are plenty of men in there too, and we told the media that in the Q&A… #erasure