Williams College is not one of the 55 colleges currently under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault, but its administration appears to be nervous it could be next. Lexie Brackenridge, currently a Columbia student who transferred out of Williams after she was raped there in 2012, wrote an op-ed for The Williams Record this month detailing her unsatisfactory experience dealing with Williams administration and the harassment she faced from other students after reporting her assault.
In the Record, Brackenridge writes:
My focus over the past 18 months has been on rebuilding my life. Between the harassment and administrative failures that occurred last spring, it became explicitly clear that Williams would not be a safe place for me. ... it has become increasingly evident that the College had, and currently has, every intention of trying to sweep my assault under the rug. For my own conscience and for the safety of every other student on campus, I cannot and will not allow that to happen.
Brackenridge writes that when she was a 17-year-old freshman at Williams, she was raped by a 21-year-old hockey player at the school. He was ultimately found guilty of sexual assault by an administrative panel and suspended for three semesters. Williams will likely allow him to come back to campus this fall. In light of this, Brackenridge questions the advice Williams deans gave her when she first reported the assault to the administration. She says that the deans "explicitly encouraged me not to seek legal action, asserting that it would be a bureaucratic nightmare and that they, as the College, had my best interests in mind."