Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in the spring of 2015, when local news outlets reported on the case of a Skidmore student who said she had been assaulted by a peer a year earlier.
The accuser in the case, Reina Kiefer, started a campaign on the fund-raising site GoFundMe to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. The student Ms. Kiefer accused was found responsible for violating the college's sexual-misconduct policy, but she questioned whether his initial punishment — a one-year suspension — was severe enough.
Skidmore students staged a protest in support of Ms. Kiefer as the accused student sought readmission at a campus hearing. The accused student's suspension was later extended for two years. Some alumni threatened to withhold donations until the college revised its sexual-misconduct policy. At the time, a campus spokeswoman told The Saratogian that the college had been in the process of updating its policies, including clarifying its relationship with local law-enforcement agencies.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its policies and its climate, including focusing its educational programming on the concept of effective consent. Skidmore lists many of those steps on this page, which includes several letters from its president.