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Johns Hopkins Faces Federal Complaint Over Alleged Frat House Gang Rape

Hopkins students said the university was in violation of federal policy for silence about sexual assault incident, which involved a Towson student.

Johns Hopkins Homewood campus
Johns Hopkins Homewood campus
Students at Johns Hopkins University filed a formal complaint recently with the U.S. Department of Education after the administration failed to notify students of a gang rape investigation involving the school's Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) fraternity.

The Baltimore City Police Department investigated several members of PIKE for an alleged drug-facilitated gang rape of a Towson University student in spring 2013, according to the Huffington Post.

By the Jeanne Clery Act, universities receiving federal aid are required to report crimes within two business days on a public crime log and issue "timely warnings" about "crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees," according to the Clery Center for Security on Campus.

The Clery Act specifies that its purview includes "incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms."

Students said they were denied access to information important for decision-making about their safety.

"They knew that [PIKE] was very dangerous and put their students at risk and still allowed [PIKE] to operate," Carlene Partow, president-elect of the Hopkins Feminists, told The Johns Hopkins News-Letter.

Johns Hopkins released a statement Friday after its students filed a complaint regarding the Clery Act violation, explaining why it didn't release information.

"The decision not to notify the university community in that case was made after considering relevant facts and legal requirements, and in consultation with the Baltimore police department, which was leading the investigation," the statement said.

In June, Baltimore City officials reported they would not prosecute the case due to insufficient evidence, and as a result, Johns Hopkins administrators determined no notification was necessary, according to the Huffington Post.

"We have this idea that rapes are falsely reported, and so we should make sure it really happened and investigate first, but that's not what the law says," Laura Dunn, founder of Survjustice, an advocacy organization around the issue of sexual violence, told The Baltimore Sun about the Clery Act.

As the complaint against the university is investigated, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels commissioned an independent review of how it handled the incident.

Roger May 06, 2014 at 03:11 PM
The men who left the above comments don't represent men who have compassion and empathy for the young woman.
Maryellen Brady May 06, 2014 at 04:56 PM
RAPE IS RAPE. It is an act of violence upon man or woman. DENIAL and blaming the VICTIM will no longer fly in a world where women expect to be treated as equals. NO means NO, drunkenness is not consent. What is tragic is that Johns Hopkins is on the list. It is a distinguished institution of EDUCATION which is supposed to lift up not provide permissive environment to denigrate. Another disappointment is that CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AM in DC is also on the list. It is good to get the problem front and center to be addressed and scrutinized and prosecuted where necessary.
You May 07, 2014 at 10:53 AM
The previous commentators are OVERLOOKING the FACTS stated! No one is saying ALL college girls... we are stating that there ARE BAD APPLES among young college girls. Stop the "all girls are perfect and victims" crap. There are plenty of girls in college (and I knew a few) that are extremely promiscuous and overly, insanely sexual... YES they exist and YES they are looking to start trouble at times for attention via sleeping with multiple guys WILLINGLY then feeling guilty later and claiming rape. Rape has become a word synonymous with the race card nowadays. One says the race card or rape and suddenly someone is labeled for life EVEN when they are found not guilty. The police dropped this case because it was NOT rape.
Maryellen Brady May 07, 2014 at 05:12 PM
The problem is that the universities are making ALL suspect and punishing them for coming forward. The few BAD players, is no excuse for not investigating ALL allegations seriously. RAPE is not something women fake and considering that for so many years DATE RAPE was dismissed as teens gone wild, it is time that society ACT with intent to curb the violence against women. UNIVERSITIES, the military have gotten away far too long with overlooking the truth of the violence one gender imposes on another for ego sake!

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