Sexual assault gained attention at Northeastern in May 2014, when BuzzFeed published an article about a former student who filed a federal complaint over the administration's handling of her alleged assault. The student's alleged assailant was found responsible, but the article stated that the accused party appealed and transferred before Northeastern's internal process was completed.
The administration issued a statement to Northeastern's student newspaper that said it took reports of sexual assault "very seriously" and that the university "provides a broad range of services and assistance to each student who needs support." The university said that a news report stating that it had "allowed" a student involved in a sexual-assault case to transfer was erroneous.
An anonymous letter published that month in Northeastern's student newspaper urged the university to step up its response to alleged assaults. The letter's author, a 2014 graduate, described having been assaulted by a fellow student.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken a number of steps to improve its policies and climate. The administration has also released the results of a climate survey on sexual misconduct.
Amid growing awareness of sexual assault on college campuses and a Title IX suit filed against the university, Northeastern students are stepping up and advocating for increased transparency and resources for survivors on campus.
The US Education Department has opened an investigation into Northeastern University's handling of sexual assault complaints, making it the 11th college in the state and one of more than 85 nationwide facing such an inquiry.
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