- Rhasheda S. Douglas, a supervisory attorney with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, notified a group of students on Friday that the office had opened an investigation into Swarthmore College's handling of sexual assault reports.
- The male and female students filed a complaint with the office in May, alleging, among other things, that the college had not met its obligations to track and disclosure sexual violence under the Clery Act (though jurisdiction over Clery compliance falls to the Education Department's Clery Compliance Division, where an April complaint was also filed).
- Swarthmore spokeswoman Nancy Nicely indicated that the school plans welcomes the review and plans to cooperate.
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... The OCR investigation of Swarthmore may result in the office overseeing a rewrite the college's policies, but the office also has the power to withhold federal funding to the school. ...