Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling of sexual-violence cases.
Students have protested the institution’s handling of sexual assault.
An alleged victim of sexual assault has spoken publicly about what she saw as an inadequate response by the institution.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its climate and its compliance with Title IX. A summary of those efforts, outlined in messages to the campus, can be found here.
Letter from the U.S. Department of Education to Knox College alerting it to the investigation and requesting data.
This investigation is based on a complaint alleging that the college both failed to respond promptly and equitably to a female student's report of sexual assault and retaliated against her. The first allegation became part of Case 1. This investigation seems to focus on the retaliation claim, specifically that a Title IX coordinator didn't respond promptly to the student's emails, didn't respond promptly to her report that the person she had accused of sexual assault was retaliating against her, and improperly granted that person an extension in the disciplinary process.
The complainant also alleged that a Title IX coordinator retaliated against her for Title IX-related advocacy, but the Office for Civil Rights declined to investigate that claim.
Since the Office of Civil Rights first opened an investigation into Knox, two classes have graduated from the college. Its students have celebrated two New Years. In that time, someone could bike cross-country almost 457 times. Since the OCR first...