Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2006 amid concerns that the college had withheld information from students after a report of rape in a residence hall and subsequent arrest of the accused student. The Education Department determined that Wesley had failed to comply with the campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act, and in 2012, the college agreed to pay a fine of $45,000.
The institution has collected Title IX resources online.
This 898-page document bundle includes correspondence between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the college and complainant; a determination letter; the resolution agreement: and interview transcripts. Some documents are redacted.
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...
This investigation stemmed from a complaint that the university had not afforded equitable treatment during its disciplinary process to a male student accused of sexual assault in 2015.
The Office for Civil Rights found that Wesley College had violated Title IX. Specifically, the letter of findings said the university had violated the rights of multiple students accused of sexual assault by denying them fair treatment during the disciplinary process. This is the first finding in this heightened era of Title IX enforcement in which the Office for Civil Rights has ruled against a college only for unfair treatment of the accused.
To resolve the investigation, the university agreed, among other things, to provide further training to college officials or students involved in the disciplinary process, to review its sexual harassment and assault complaints from May 2015 to the present, and to review the specific cases identified in the office's letter of findings in which it was determined that accused students may not have received fair treatment.
The Education Department has cited a Delaware college for failing to protect the rights of a student accused of sexual assault. Experts say the case sends a message to colleges about the importance of conducting fair investigations.