In December 2015, The Huffington Post published a detailed article about a Bard College student who said she had been raped by a fellow student. The accuser, who was identified only as Allison to protect her identity, said in a federal complaint that the college had failed to follow its own disciplinary policy in its handling of her case, according to the article. A local newspaper had reported on the allegations in April of that year, when the county sheriff's office filed criminal charges against the accused student. He has asserted that his sexual encounter with Allison was consensual.
The college did not comment to The Huffington Post about the specifics of the case. But it said in a statement that its initial decision to impose probation on the accused party "was found inadequate" after the case was reviewed on appeal. The student was suspended "in accordance with college guidelines," according to the college's statement.
The Huffington Post later reported on a complaint filed by students who alleged that the college's president, Leon Botstein, had made offensive comments about sexual assault at an open-house event. A college spokesman said the characterizations of what happened were "gross distortions" that bore "no resemblance" to Mr. Botstein's views on sexual assault.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online, and has taken steps to revise its policies.