In early 2014, The White House created a task force to take an in-depth look at sexual misconduct on college campuses. As part of the "Not Alone" initiative, the task force released a series of recommendations and new guidelines designed to address the issue. The Colleges have lent its support to this work. Through collaboration, we hope to identify and enact new practices that will help to prevent violence from occurring and, when it does, to best assist students who have experienced assault.
In line with these efforts, on May 1, the Department of Education released the names of schools about which it has received a complaint, including Hobart and William Smith. In its communication, the U.S. Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon is quoted: "I also want to make it clear that a college or university's appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law."
Hobart and William Smith will cooperate fully with any inquiries from the Department of Education related to this complaint as we continue to work in earnest to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students.
This webpage has been created to centralize information about the Colleges' resources on sexual misconduct and Title IX, as well as to share any new information on the investigation as it becomes available.