Alleged victims of sexual assault at Morehouse’s neighboring institution Spelman College havespoken publicly about what they see as an inadequate response and lack of coordination by the two colleges.
Students have protested the response to reports of sexual assault in the Atlanta University Center Consortium (including Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University) and issued a list of demands for the institutions to do more to “protect, serve, and work for and with all students to keep us safe.”
In 2013, three Morehouse students on its basketball team were arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a Spelman student who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but with no DNA evidence found and no indictments, the case has stalled.
In the fall of 2015, a Morehouse student circulated a satirical “sexual consent form” for a visiting “hoe” to allow a male student “to perform any and all sexual behavior on [her]” and not to renege, lest she be “exposed campus wide as a lying bitch.” A Morehouse administrator responded to the ensuing controversy by denouncing the fake form and indicating that the college would discipline the student responsible for it.
In May 2016, a Twitter user who identified herself as a Spelman College freshman said she had been raped by four unnamed Morehouse students. The student's allegation quickly gained attention on Twitter, under the hashtags #RapedAtSpelman and #RapedByMorehouse. Both colleges said they were investigating the allegation. The Atlanta Police Department said it did not have knowledge of the incident and was not investigating it.
Morehouse has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, posted resourcesonline, and hosted Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as part of the White House's "It's on Us" campaign to prevent sexual assault.