Ivy League and Sexual Assault

Ivy League Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault in Ivy League, Ivy League Cases of Sexual Assault

Three Ivy League universities are under investigation by the Department of Education for instances of sexual assault (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

As you may know, some highly selective colleges — including a few Ivy League colleges — were named today by the United States Department of Education as under investigation for violations of Title IX due to their handling of sexual assault cases on their campuses. This is absolutely not a list a university wants to be on and with the release of the school names, it’s sure to gain more traction in the press. So which highly selective universities are among the 55 colleges named by the Department of Education today?

The University of California – Berkeley, Emory University, the University of Chicago, Amherst College, Boston University, Harvard College, the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Sarah Lawrence College, Carnegie Mellon University, Swarthmore College, Vanderbilt University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia were all among the 55 universities named. So of the eight Ancient Eight universities, three — Harvard, Dartmouth, and Princeton made this unfortunate list. This of course does not come as a surprise to many in the Dartmouth community, with the issue of sexual assault a leading contender for why applications to the College on the Hill may have dropped this admissions cycle. Parker Gilbert, formerly of the Dartmouth Class of 2016, was recently tried for raping another Dartmouth undergrad. He is the son of a major Wall Street tycoon and was found not guilty.

Does it surprise you that three of the eight Ivy League institutions were named to this list? Do you see a commonality among these colleges? Does it surprise you that some of the most prestigious public universities — the University of Michigan, the University of California – Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia — all made this terrible list as well? Let us know your thoughts on the subject of sexual assault on American university campuses by submitting a Comment below.


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  • Kimmie says:

    No, it doesn’t surprise me that Ivy League schools as well as public universities are being investigated. Gernerally speaking, schools have become way too lax on their policies with regards to rape, drugs, and drinking. They bend over backwards to “hear both sides” of the story or ignore it, hoping it will go away. Rape can never be tolerated no matter the circumstance, and the perpetrator should immediately be expelled. Victims of rape need to immediately contact the police, not just the campus police or security, but the local law enforcement entity that has “the teeth” to prosecute these crimes. Under no circumstances should anyone have to tolerate being a victim and going to school with the perpetrator.

    The same laws that apply to society in general must apply to the school bubble. School policy mannuals are full of language such as “If you CHOOSE to report an incident, what are my options”….language shouldn’t be wishy washy. In addition, policy manuals address how students can minimize sexual assault risk, but rarely state that a perpetrator will be procecuted to the full extent of the law and exactly what can happen to anyone found guilty of such a crime; this should be stated. Schools can save themselves a lot of time, money, and aggravation by making sure their no tolerance policies are clearly stated upfront, signed, and then enforced.

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