Attorney Gloria Allred announced on Wednesday, May 22 that complaints were filed on behalf of students and activists against a number of colleges and universities nationwide. These complaints allege that the schools failed to follow federal laws requiring the reporting of sexual assault crimes and sexual harassment and discrimination.
The complaints allege Title IX violations, as well as violations of the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to accurately report campus crimes.
Allred said the complaints were filed on Wednesday morning against Dartmouth College, Swarthmore College, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California. These filings added to similar complaints filed against Occidental College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Allred emphasized that women at these colleges will no longer accept the status quo where rape and sexual assaults are being swept under the rug by college administrators.
Students at Occidental College filed their complaint back in April. In early May, the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights announced that it would launch an investigation into the allegations.
USC’s Student Coalition Against Rape also filed a complaint on Wednesday, saying that they hoped their actions would encourage universities to support the reporting of sexual assaults and the punishment of sexual offenders.
The schools named in the complaints have indicated that they have not yet had the opportunity to review the complaints, but insist that they take sexual assaults very seriously and will be looking into the matter.