A group of Occidental College students and alumni -- including several who say they were raped -- filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday alleging that the school failed to protect women from sexual assaults.
Flanked by six current and former students who say they were raped, attorney Gloria Allred said the complaint outlines violations of Title IX, which bars sex discrimination at schools.
In the complaint, Allred alleges that 37 students were “raped, sexually assaulted, battered, harassed or retaliated against for speaking out against sexual violence."
The women allege that the college discourages reporting of sex crimes and proceeding with criminal and administration action against the perpetrators.
Senior Carly Mee said the student who raped her has not been expelled by the university.
Occidental officials defended the school Thursday, but acknowledged it is reviewing its policies.