Hunter, Princeton, UConn among colleges probed over sex assault - New York News

Hunter, Princeton, UConn among colleges probed over sex assault complaints

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Dozens of the nation's top universities and colleges are at the center of a federal investigation into how they handled sexual assault complaints. The schools in our area that made the list include Hunter College, University of Connecticut, and Princeton University.

The federal Office of Civil Rights and Education Department are clear that being on the list doesn't mean the school has violated the law; just that it is under investigation.

Addressing sexual assault on college campuses has been a hot topic in Washington recently, with President Barack Obama appointing a task force of Cabinet members to address the issue.

This week, the task force launched the website www.notalone.gov with resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college campuses with a public service announcement.

At CUNY's Hunter College, officials said the reason for the federal investigation stems from a student filing a complaint 15 months ago, and then withdrawing it 6 months later.

In a statement John Rose, the dean for diversity and compliance at Hunter, said in part:

"We have used our interactions with the Office of Civil Rights to improve and update the information and services we provide to students." He cited a campus town hall meeting held back in March where resources about sexual harassment and assault services were discussed.

New York City Public Advocate Leticia James said she will follow the lead of the White House and do more to address sexual assaults locally.

The Associated Press reported that the Education Department in 2011 publicized guidance on Title IX's sexual assault provisions, and complaints by students have increased.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    'Get on Up' and James Brown's Harlem legacy

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:55:13 GMT
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
    "Get on Up" is in theaters now. The film chronicles the career of James Brown, who had a special connection to Harlem and New York. Billy Mitchell is the in-house historian at the historic Apollo Theater. He says the Apollo was a second home to Brown, as it was here where he became an international superstar who appealed to all. But Brown's NYC legacy stretches even further.
  • Dog found in abandoned home cleaned up and adopted

    Dog found in abandoned home cleaned up and adopted

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:51:00 GMT
    A 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix that was found in an abandoned home in Lindenhurst two weeks ago now has a new home with a new family. Ziggy has been has been cleaned up and has undergone physical therapy. Babylon town employees took three and a half hours to remove nearly four pounds of matted hair after they found him. Ziggy's fur was so matted and his nails so overgrown that he could barely walk.
    A 6-year-old Shih Tzu mix that was found in an abandoned home in Lindenhurst two weeks ago now has a new home with a new family. Ziggy has been has been cleaned up and has undergone physical therapy. Babylon town employees took three and a half hours to remove nearly four pounds of matted hair after they found him. Ziggy's fur was so matted and his nails so overgrown that he could barely walk.
  • Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Massive emergency drill in New York City

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:14:45 GMT
    The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
    The New York City Department of Health conducted a massive emergency preparedness drill at 30 facilities across the city on Friday. They tested the delivery of emergency medications in the event of a biological attack, such as anthrax, or other large-scale public health emergency in the city. The majority of the deliveries will take place to public school buildings.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices