Five more schools have been added to a list of 71 colleges currently under investigation for their handling of campus sexual assault.
Hampshire College in Amherst is among them.
The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights says the list reflects schools where at least one student has filed a Title IX complaint related to sexual violence, though Hampshire College Communications officials tell CBS 3 that was not the case.
CBS 3 reached out to Hampshire College for comment.
They sent us a statement from the college president, Jonathan Lash, reading in part:
I want to let you know that Hampshire has recently been selected by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for a compliance review under Title IX.
Yesterday I had a fruitful conversation with the investigation team from OCR to discuss the process, and to assure OCR that Hampshire will be open, transparent and collaborative in working with their team. We have endeavored to be proactive in updating our policies and processes to incorporate the evolving Federal law and guidance and to reflect promising practices that are fair and balanced to all parties, but I recognize that there is always more that we can do.
The review will cover the College's policies and procedures on sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, including our response to reports of sexual assault. The review was not prompted by an individual complaint against Hampshire, nor does the opening of the review signify that we are not currently in compliance. Nonetheless we expect that OCR may identify areas where we can more effectively serve our students, faculty and staff, and I gave OCR my commitment that the College will do all we can to learn from their review.
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