Geneva, NY -- The U.S. Education Department has taken the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities nationwide currently under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
The list includes Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.
The department says it is making this list available to bring more transparency to its enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights.
The colleges issued this statement Thursday:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges take seriously all allegations of sexual misconduct, respond promptly to complaints, provide access to myriad services for complainants, thoroughly investigate and adjudicate such complaints, and take necessary protective measures before, during, and after the investigation and hearing process.
The Colleges are committed to creating and maintaining an academic environment that complies with the law, is free from sexual harassment and misconduct, and respects the different voices and experiences of the members of its community.
The Colleges are confident that they approached this complaint with care and concern, addressed the complaint promptly, offered all available services, and investigated and adjudicated the complaint in accordance with Colleges’ policy and the law.
As always, we will continue to proactively consider ways to ensure that our campus is free from sexual misconduct and provides opportunities for all students to participate in and benefit from the rich educational experience offered by the Colleges.