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June 7, 2014

Elmira, BU students react to Title IX probe


“They said ‘we care about the safety of our students,’” Filupeit said. “I’ve been on campus two years and haven’t heard anything about sexual harassment here.”

Kelsie Laing, a 2014 graduate of Elmira College from South Kortright, said the list came as a shock to her, as well. Laing said there were rumors swirling around campus recently.  

“Some rumors were that it was for not having equal room selection for men and women,” Laing said. “That’s the only thing I can think of. We’re primarily a women’s college, so there obviously would be more housing for women. But that could be why we’re on the list.”

A few other colleges on the list are Amherst College, Boston University, Harvard University Law School, Princeton University and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

For the University of Michigan, the investigation involves allegations of mishandling of a matter involving a football player who was expelled a year after a sexual misconduct incident.

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon said the list was made available in “an effort to bring more transparency to our enforcement work and to foster better public awareness of civil rights.”

“I also want to make it clear that a college or university’s appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law,” Lhamon noted.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said there is “absolutely zero presumption” of guilt in his mind for schools that are being investigated.

“No one probably loves to have their name on that list,” Duncan said during a White House briefing. “But we’ll investigate; we’ll go where the facts are.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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