I Am Not a 'Pretty Little Liar'

At this point, I should be used to seeing backlash against Emma Sulkowicz, but I still wasn’t fully prepared for what came this week: endless tittering of people around me in real life and in my social feeds saying they “weren’t sure” about Emma’s choice to carry her mattress to Columbia’s graduation; the insistence… » 5/21/15 4:40pm Thursday 4:40pm

Emma Sulkowicz and Friends Carried Mattress During Columbia Graduation

Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz, who accused fellow student Paul Nungesser of rape and then carried a mattress all year in protest of the administration’s handling of her claims, carried that mattress onstage during Tuesday’s commencement exercises. Sulkowicz was helped by several friends; the audience cheered as they… » 5/19/15 1:45pm 5/19/15 1:45pm

College Accused of Ignoring Threats Before Murder of Feminist Student 

A campus feminist group at University of Mary Washington has filed a federal complaint against the school, alleging that it ignored hundreds of violent threats against them on the anonymous app Yik Yak before one of their members, 20-year-old Grace Mann, was murdered in April. Mann’s 30-year-old housemate has been… » 5/08/15 10:10am 5/08/15 10:10am

Here's the Full Complaint in the 'Mattress' Lawsuit Against Columbia

Columbia University senior Paul Nungesser filed suit against the school yesterday, alleging that it refused to protect him from the harassment and hostile learning environment created by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz’s rape allegations against him, and her “Carry that Weight” performance art piece. Nungesser’s… » 4/24/15 11:10am 4/24/15 11:10am

Accused Rapist in 'Mattress Girl' Case Sues Columbia University

Paul Nungesser, the Columbia University student accused of rape by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, whose mattress-carrying protest drew national attention, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the school. Nungesser accuses the university of failing to protect him from what he calls Sulkowicz’s “harassment… » 4/24/15 10:15am 4/24/15 10:15am

Are Colleges Slower to Address Sexual Assault Cases About Athletes?

This week, Al Jazeera America is running Sex Crimes in Sports, a multi-part series that’s just as uplifting as you might expect. Last night, the series looked at a number of recent high-profile sexual assault allegations featuring student athletes. The punishments for big-deal student athletes found responsible for… » 4/15/15 7:10pm 4/15/15 7:10pm

Columbia Student Protesters Project 'Rape Happens Here' on Library

No Red Tape, the anti-rape activist group at Columbia University, projected the words “Rape happens here” and “Columbia has a rape problem” across the facade of the campus library Sunday night. The demonstration was timed to coincide with prospective students visiting the campus. An administrator reportedly physically… » 4/13/15 3:00pm 4/13/15 3:00pm

Review Shows Everything that Went Wrong in Rolling Stone's UVA Story

A team from Columbia University’s Journalism School has completed its review into Rolling Stone’s story about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia; their 12,000 word report says that the magazine as well as Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the reporter who wrote the piece, failed to follow “basic, even routine… » 4/05/15 9:05pm 4/05/15 9:05pm

Law and Order: SVU Cartoonifies the Rolling Stone UVA Rape Debacle

Law and Order: SVU aired their take on the UVA rape case last night, in which a seemingly credible young woman says she was gang-raped by a hockey team at New York's fictional Hudson University. In the end—spoiler alert—her story (sort of) falls apart. In between, we got a mixture of smart observations about how… » 4/02/15 10:50am 4/02/15 10:50am

Charlottesville Police: 'No Evidence' to Support UVA Rape Allegations 

In a press conference this afternoon, the Charlottesville, Virginia Police Department announced that they are "unable to conclude to any substantive degree" that the gang rape allegations made by University of Virginia student "Jackie" and reported in a November story in Rolling Stone happened in the way that the… » 3/23/15 3:30pm 3/23/15 3:30pm

Rolling Stone Will Publish Review of UVA Rape Story in April 

A team of investigators from Columbia University's journalism school will soon release their review into Rolling Stone's controversial and highly flawed story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Separately, police in Charlottesville, Virginia are expected to announce the results of their own… » 3/23/15 10:10am 3/23/15 10:10am

Columbia Students: Tell Us About Your Sexual Respect Requirement

Hi, Columbia University students who read this website: the Friday deadline to complete your Sexual Respect requirement is approaching. We want to know how it's all working out. Send an email to my address. We won't publish names. What Ted Talks did you watch? Did you attend a live event? Any good arts option stories? » 3/11/15 6:00pm 3/11/15 6:00pm

The Hunting Ground Pulls Back the Curtain on Campus Sexual Assault

Each heart is pounding, dizzy with nerves. Then, elation. The young women are joyously, openly weeping. They're flanked by shrieking moms, dads, sisters, brothers and best friends. It's assuredly the best day of their young lives, they've been admitted to college: This is how The Hunting Ground, a documentary on the… » 3/01/15 4:15pm 3/01/15 4:15pm

Columbia Anti-Rape Protesters Threatened with Disciplinary Action 

The anti-rape activists who crashed an admissions session at Columbia University say the school is threatening them with unspecified disciplinary action. Members of No Red Tape say several of their members were sent letters from the school's Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, warning them that their… » 2/23/15 10:50am 2/23/15 10:50am

Mortified Classmates of Princeton Mom Wish She'd Shut the Fuck Up

Susan Patton, Princeton class of 1977 and noted Troll Mom, thinks a little rape in college is just a "learning experience," a view she's happy to air on any and every morning show in existence. In response, her classmates have issued a lengthy statement begging Princeton Mom to shut up and go away, calling her views… » 2/09/15 11:50am 2/09/15 11:50am

Colleges Are Downplaying Sexual Assault Numbers, New Report Finds

A new study published by the American Psychological Association finds that many colleges and universities are underreporting sexual assault cases on campus. Many of the schools had previously been cited by the U.S. Department of Education for underreporting, and some of them even heavily fined, which has apparently… » 2/05/15 11:30am 2/05/15 11:30am

Dartmouth Will Ban Hard Liquor to Try to Curb Campus Sexual Assault

Dartmouth College, one of the many schools grappling with a publicity-unfriendly campus sexual assault problem, has unveiled a new plan to "address harmful behavior" by students. A cornerstone of that plan involves banning hard liquor from campus parties. The administration is also strongly suggesting that the… » 1/29/15 12:30pm 1/29/15 12:30pm