Complaints of sexual assault on many college campuses are dealt with differently than in much of the “real world.” Instead of automatically referring all reported cases to police, many colleges conduct their own investigations, judgment, and disciplinary action.
“Matthew”, a former student at The Evergreen State College, was accused of rape while he was a junior. During a mediation process sponsored by the college, Matthew claims that his accuser recanted her story and said that instead of being raped, she had simply felt uncomfortable after they kissed on a date.
We’ll explore how colleges respond to claims of sexual assault. And why some colleges call this a “survivor-focused approach.”
If you went to college, how did your college deal with sexual assault and rape? Were you a victim, or an accused perpetrator, while at college? What happened? How did you feel about the process? What can colleges learn from the “real world” and visa versa?