Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2014 when 23 students filed a federal complaint stating that the college and Columbia University — which are strongly affiliated with each other — failed to adequately respond to reports of sexual violence. One of the filers, Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, said the students filed the complaint as a last resort.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, added a pre-orientation online module on sexual-assault prevention, and conducted several campus-climate surveys.
Barnard is under investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for allegedly violating Title IX in its handling of sexual assault cases, a spokesperson for the Department of Education confirmed for Spectator on Thursday.