Geneva, NY -- The private handling of a sex assault investigation at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is raising some very public questions.
The case was profiled Sunday in The New York Times. A freshman named Anna alleged last year she was sexually abused after a night of drinking at a fraternity party. A nurse found evidence of trauma consistent with a sex assault, but Anna decided against reporting it to police -- leaving the investigation to the campus disciplinary council.
The hearing just 12 days later cleared the football players suspected in the case. The Times says college disciplinary councils appear to lack the training to investigate sex assaults.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges say in a statement the story unfairly portrays them and they have serious concerns regarding the reporter’s acquisition of the hearings transcripts and says sections were quoted out of context. And the school denies giving preferential treatment to athletes.
The colleges, in May, were included on a list of colleges under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints