Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in October 2012, when an Oberlin student began writing a series of posts on her Tumblr blog about having been sexually assaulted by a peer. The student whom she accused of assault was eventually suspended, but she described what she viewed as problems with Oberlin's handling of her case.
The acclaimed actress and director Lena Dunham attracted attention in 2014 for saying in her memoir that she had been sexually assaulted by a fellow student while she attended Oberlin. Some conservative news sites, including Breitbart, have raised questions about the veracity of her account, after saying they could not verify details from her story.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault. In April 2015, some of them demonstrated at a campus lecture by the prominent conservative scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, who has called campus sexual assault a serious problem but also likened the heated conversation around rape culture to a public panic.
The college has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken several steps to improve its policies. Some of them are highlighted in an interview that the college's president conducted with its Title IX coordinator, which can be found here.
This eight-page document bundle includes two letters from the Department of Education to the university and the complainant, alerting both that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.
From her podium in Dye Lecture Hall, Christina Hoff Sommers, an author, former philosophy professor and self-proclaimed "freedom feminist," attempted, amid protesters and dissenting audience members, to persuade Oberlin students.