An Akron alumna who filed a federal complaint against the institution for mishandling reports of sexual assault has spoken publicly about her experience. Among the allegations she shared with Newsweek were that the university failed to provide victims with accommodations, pressured them into dropping disciplinary charges, and copied a policy from another university.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, formed an education team, and promoted sexual respect.
About 10 percent of female students said they had been forced to have nonconsensual sexual contact, including before enrolling at the university, according to a climate survey it conducted in 2015.
This 7-page document bundle includes letters from the Department of Education to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened and requesting data from the university.
This 10-page document bundle includes letters from the Education Department to the university and complainant informing them that an investigation is being opened.
The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights described the resolution of this case as a "closure with change." The department has said that such closures typically "involve extensive investigative work and negotiations with the recipient prior to resolution." They refer to cases in which changes were brought about by OCR's involvement, even if the office did not require a resolution agreement or make specific findings.