Knox College students react to federal investigation

By WEEK Producer

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill -- Knox College in Galesburg is one of 55 colleges and universities being investigated by the office of civil rights.

Knox College officials say they've known about the federal Title IX investigation since January. At question is whether administrators acted appropriately last fall when an alleged assault took place.

There's no question that incidents of a sexual nature take place on campus. The student newspaper lists those that are reported to campus officials.

How this one particular incident may have violated Title IX regulations isn't publicly known. But one social sciences student believes it may be a symptom of larger changes taking place on college campuses.

"There's problems across campuses between administrators and students who are first generation, low income, people of color," said Celinda Davis, Knox College Junior.

Last month, Knox College announced that all Resident Advisors, Professors and Staff are mandated reporters of sexual assault and harassment. That has divided the campus -- with some students fearing mandatory reporting would strip victims of their choice in who to confide.

College officials say their policies are always under review.

"We have an active student community, and they are very good at making sure their needs are being met, and the administration is aware," said Megan Scott, Chief Communications Office Knox College.

Federal investigators visit the Knox campus beginning May 19th, to meet with school officials and students about the alleged Title IX violation.

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