TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights office is investigating Vanderbilt's handling of sex crimes in response to a complaint filed by six current and former female students, the Tennessean reports. The students charge that women were discouraged from going forward with reports of sexual violence, university staff failed to follow through after incidents, education efforts were lacking and help for victims was not readily available. The opening of the Vanderbilt review comes as the Obama administration announces a series of steps it plans to take to try to reduce the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. That effort includes pushing colleges and universities to become more transparent in their reporting of incidents.