BU under investigation for possibly mishandling sex assault cases

By Anna Norris
By Michelle Costanza

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 11:36 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is one of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints.

BU Director of Media and Public Relations Ryan Yarosh said the university cannot comment on the charges brought on by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

"We are working with the OCR and have fully complied with the investigation. Due to the sensitive nature of this case, we can not disclose any specific facts about the case under investigation," Yarosh said. "We are unable to provide any further details at this time."

Action News reached out to Binghamton University students Thursday, who were shocked that their school was on the list.

"Things that people rather brush off and not pay attention to, [the list] throws it in your face and makes you say this is happening, something needs to be done," said Junior Jaime Soto.

Tania Rahman, also a junior, agreed that being recognized in the negative light may spark action.

"The student body should be informed because regardless of a school's reputation, a university exists for the students. If we don't feel safe on campus then that is something that should be addressed."

There are several organizations on the BU campus that offer help and assistance for those seeking it, including the counseling center and the Decker School of Nursing.

Gender discrimination is prohibited at schools that receive federal funds, under Title IX. This law regulates institutions' handling of sexual violence and also guarantees females have equal access to sports.

For more information and a list of all schools being investigated, click here.

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