Allegations of a “sexually hostile environment” on campus spurred a federal investigation of the University of Cincinnati, recently discovered federal documents state.
The Enquirer reported in August that UC was under investigation by the federal Department of Education for possibly mishandling Title IX complaints, but no other details were available. The investigation was spurred by a complaint in November 2015 that states the university discriminated against students by “failing to properly and equitably respond” to incidents of sexual violence it knew about. The complaint alleges UC’s actions, or lack thereof, made the campus a “sexually hostile environment” for students.
There were nearly 100 reports of sexual assault and harassment on and around UC's campus in 2015, according to university crime statistics. Those crimes include forcible sex offenses, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. More than 70 of them occurred on campus and in residence halls.
The status of the investigation is unclear because it is being handled internally by the Education Department, not through the federal court system.