Columbia University has been the site of some of the most intense and highly publicized controversy over campus sexual assault. In 2014, 23 students and alumni filed a federal complaint against the university, alleging it mishandled sexual-assault victims' complaints.
The face of the protests over sexual assault at the university has been Emma Sulkowicz, a student who said she was raped by a male student who was allowed to remain on campus after a panel found him not responsible. To publicize her case, and as a performance-art project, Ms. Sulkowicz began carrying a mattress everywhere she went, saying she wouldn't stop until the man was expelled. She carried the mattress at her graduation ceremony in May 2015.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
Several of the students who filed a federal complaint against the institution have spoken publicly about their experiences.
The student Ms. Sulkowicz accused of raping her, Paul Nungesser, has spoken publicly about what he sees as a rush to judgment by the public against him. He has spoken to several media outlets, disputing Ms. Sulkowicz's account of the alleged rape, saying the sexual encounter was consensual. He even provided copies of digital communication between himself and Ms. Sulkowicz to The Daily Beast. In 2015, he sued Columbia and the art instructor who oversaw Ms. Sulkowicz's mattress project, saying they unlawfully discriminated against him by allowing Ms. Sulkowicz to defame him. Almost a year later, a judge dismissed his complaint after finding that he had not established that the university discriminated against him because of his gender.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and hired more staff to deal with the issue, among other things.
This seven-page document includes two letters of notification (one to the college and the other to the complainant) informing both that an investigation is being opened following the complaint and requesting data from the college.
This seven-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 (the data request was mostly r...