Hamilton College students calling on administration for more help in sexual assault

Organizations at Hamilton College put together a rally on Friday afternoon to let the administration know, more needs to be done for victims of sexual assault.

Posted: Apr 20, 2019 8:37 PM

CLINTON- Organizations at Hamilton College put together a rally on Friday afternoon to let the administration know, more needs to be done for victims of sexual assault.

Students gathered outside of the presidents office with signs. 

Within the past couple weeks, the campus safety office received reports from several people about a date rape drug possibly being used at two bars in Clinton. "We want to make sure that State Police interview the people who run the businesses and they can do whatever investigative steps they think are appropriate in order to find the perpetrator," said director of Campus Safety, Francis Coots.

These reports lead to a much larger issue for students. 

Senior at Hamilton College, Cassidy Brown who told us she's a victim of sexual assault, said the administration needs to do more the address the issue. "A lot of the time the administration for survivors in their reports they kind of interrogate and treat survivors in a way where it often times retraumatizes," she said.  "So I think they often may suspend someone or kinda award them some other judicial things that aren't going the actual step to expel them and cause a scene because they want Hamilton to be seen as a community that is safe when really and truthfully, it's not."

President of the college, David Wippman said the school made efforts to make changes. "We think we're doing everything we reasonably can. We've expanded the staff who is devoted to this, we have a lot of people on campus who are working on this title nine process, we have a strong campus safety program, we have a mental health and wellness program, we try to provide support."

Wippman confirmed with NEWSChannel 2 that the institution is under federal investigation for the title nine process. "At some point we expect the department to resolve it, i don't know when, that you will have to ask the Department of Education."

Students were encouraged to wear black on Friday to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. 

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