Report: Local college mishandled sexual assault investigation

Updated: 07/14/2014 7:22 AM
Created: 07/14/2014 7:02 AM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

The New York Times released a major investigative piece, claiming that Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva failed to thoroughly investigate a sexual assault complaint on campus.

According to the report that hit newsstands on Sunday, the incident happened on campus last September.

The Times say an 18-year-old freshman girl had been drinking on the night she disappeared. She was later found on a pool table being sexually assaulted by a football player while six or seven other people watched and took pictures.

A health report conducted after the incident indicated “sexual intercourse with either multiple partners, multiple times or that the intercourse was very forceful.”

The student told the New York Times she could not remember the pool table incident, but she had been raped earlier at the fraternity.

All of the men named in the complaint were football players and they all denied assaulting the girl.

According to the New York Times, the college took 12 days to investigate the rape report, held a hearing and cleared the men. The Times investigation finds the school was ill prepared to investigate the sexual assault claim, as well as other ones in the past.

The college issued a response to the story saying in part, “The colleges disagree with the reporter's interpretation of events and his portrayal of the colleges, its students and its processes. The colleges do not provide preferential treatment to athletes. We hold all of our students, including athletes, to the highest standards. We have never nor would we ever allow students who have violated our sexual misconduct code to remain on campus to play a sport."

To read The New York Time’s full article, click here.
To read the school’s full statement, click here.

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