Alleged victims of sexual assault at Spelman havespoken publicly about what they see as an inadequate response by their college's administration and a lack of coordination with Spelman's neighboring institution Morehouse College.
Students have protested the response to reports of sexual assault in the Atlanta University Center Consortium (including Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University) and issued a list of demands for the institutions to do more to “protect, serve, and work for and with all students to keep us safe.”
In 2013, three Morehouse students on its basketball team were arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a Spelman student who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, but with no DNA evidence found and no indictments, the case has stalled.
In May 2016, a Twitter user who identified herself as a Spelman freshman said she had been raped by four unnamed students from Morehouse College. The student's allegation quickly gained attention on Twitter, under the hashtags #RapedAtSpelman and #RapedByMorehouse. Both colleges said they were investigating the allegation. The Atlanta Police Department said it did not have knowledge of the incident and was not investigating it.
Spelman has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, established a Title IX office, reviewed policies and practices, and held a forum, the first in a planned series.