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 11:30am2/05/15 11:30am


Columbia Students Drag Mattresses Onto Campus to Support Rape Survivor

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz is carrying her mattress to class every day until her rapist leaves school. In an incredibly poignant act of solidarity, other Columbia students have begun walking with her, helping her carry the load. And today, they dragged several mattresses of their own in front of the… »9/12/14 5:40pm9/12/14 5:40pm

76 Colleges Now Being Investigated For Mishandling Rape

In May, the U.S. Department of Education first released its list of 55 schools under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault allegations. Since then, student activists and survivors have continued taking their college administrations to task for not giving a shit about their health, their safety and their… »8/14/14 2:10pm8/14/14 2:10pm

45 Percent of Colleges Report Zero Rapes on Campus, Which is Bullshit

The Washington Post recently crunched the data on sexual violence at college campuses; according to their findings, Penn State had the highest number of reported cases in 2012 — which was only fifty-six. Forty-five percent of schools with over 1,000 students, in fact, report zero rape cases for the entire year. »7/07/14 4:40pm7/07/14 4:40pm

Colleges Silence and Fire Faculty Who Speak Out About Rape

In institutions of higher learning nationwide, college administrations are silencing faculty for speaking out about the campus rape crisis. Faculty members from four colleges and universities spoke exclusively to Jezebel about the professional retaliation they've faced due to their support of survivors of sexual… »6/13/14 11:40am6/13/14 11:40am

Student Files Federal Sexual Assault Complaint Against Brown Univ.

At the end of last week, Brown University student Lena Sclove filed a federal complaint against her college for allegedly mishandling her sexual assault case. Sclove says Brown did not expel her rapist even after they found him in violation of rules against "non-consensual physical contact of a sexual nature." »5/27/14 11:25am5/27/14 11:25am

College Finds Student 'Responsible' For Rape, Lets Him Transfer

Yesterday, former Northeastern student Katherine Rizzo announced that she has filed Title IX and Clery Act complaints against the university. Her account of institutional indifference is an infuriating variation on a far-too-ubiquitous theme: after a sluggish and re-victimizing hearing process, no justice was served.… »5/08/14 2:30pm5/08/14 2:30pm

23 Students File Complaint Against Columbia for Mishandling Rape

After several truly infuriating accounts of the Columbia administration mishandling and neglecting sexual assault reports became public, the University pledged to clean up its act. But, as is so often and so alarmingly the case, this seems to have just been a PR smokescreen: the administration's first concern was… »4/24/14 4:30pm4/24/14 4:30pm

College Rankings Should Reflect How a School Handles Rape

College rankings are very much bullshit, obviously — but by far the most bullshit aspect of them is the fact that at least half of our nation's Top 10 Schools have a history of utter ineptitude at handling sexual assault. It doesn't matter how high an institution's median SAT score is: if students are getting away… »4/14/14 2:40pm4/14/14 2:40pm

Los Angeles Times Was Wrong to Retract Article on Rape at Occidental

On March 14, 2014, The Los Angeles Times issued a retraction of an article in which reporter Jason Felch stated that Occidental College failed to disclose 27 sexual assaults in its 2012 Annual Security Report (ASR). The retraction states that "Occidental representatives approached the Times early this month to seek a… »4/08/14 4:20pm4/08/14 4:20pm

University of Akron Might Have Plagiarized Its Sexual Assault Policies

Plagiarism on campus: not just for over-caffeinated students the throes of finals week desperation any more! Apparently, it's also an attractive option for college administrators at University of Akron in Ohio, who seemingly lifted several sections of their own sexual assault policy guide directly from other… »2/05/14 7:00pm2/05/14 7:00pm

New Campus Rape Bill Written With Help From Sexual Assault Survivors

Legislation introduced in California today will revise the state's Education Code, mandating that reports of Part 1 violent crime — a category that includes crimes like rape, hate crimes and aggravated assault — received by college campus police must be immediately passed on to the police department, unless the victim… »1/06/14 6:45pm1/06/14 6:45pm

Vanderbilt Students File Federal Complaint Over Handling of Rape Cases

In the wake of June's dramatic rape case involving four members of the Vanderbilt football team, a group of six current and former Vanderbilt students filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights under the U.S. Department of Education Thursday arguing that the university hasn't responded to sexual assault on… »11/15/13 10:50am11/15/13 10:50am

Student Rape Survivors Launch Much-Needed Know Your IX Campaign

Sorry, Detective Olivia Benson, but you can't take any credit for propelling college rape culture into the limelight. That goes to the inconceivably energetic and supportive group of survivor-activists behind "Know Your IX," a national movement and network that helps sexual assault survivors at colleges across the… »8/06/13 3:30pm8/06/13 3:30pm

Dartmouth Quick to Punish Rape Protestors Instead of Actual Rapists

It's been a tumultuous spring semester at Dartmouth College, thanks to a highly publicized student protest and widely supported Clery Act complaint, both of which accused the college of mishandling violations of sexual assault, homophobia, and racism. Yesterday, Dartmouth responded by...charging undergrad protesters… »5/29/13 1:00pm5/29/13 1:00pm