Sexual assualt case puts UB under the microscope

Posted at 12:17 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 12:17:10-04

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating a discrimination complaint against the University at Buffalo in relation to an on-campus sexual violence allegation.

The specific facts of the case have not been disclosed to maintain the privacy of the students involved.

UB has been added to a list of more than 195 higher education institutions throughout the country under similar review. Being on this list does not mean that the college or university is violating or has violated the law.

Federal law allows a student who has reported sexual assault or a student accused of sexual assault to file a discrimination complaint with the OCR if either party disagrees with the outcome of a hearing, the process by which the complaint was investigated, or any decisions regarding interim measures and accommodations.

"The University at Buffalo takes its responsibilities on the issue of sexual assaults on campus very seriously," states a press release from the university. "Nothing is more important than the safety and welfare of our students...We have pledged our full cooperation during the OCR review."