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RCC’s poor reporting may be a sign of systemic problems

Roxbury Community College administrators have been operating under their own set of sloppy, self-serving rules, even at the expense of student safety. Just how sloppy can be gleaned from a Monday report by Globe reporter Mary Carmichael highlighting the failure of the community college to document several allegations of sexual assault.

For the past 11 years, RCC did not report a single sex-crime allegation to the federal Department of Education. The absence of dorms and the presence of many working, part-time students on the Roxbury campus might indicate a lower incidence of student-centered sexual assault than at other colleges. But federal education officials are examining five alleged sexual transgressions by staffers at the college. In 2010, a former student brought forward an amply documented accusation against Orikaye Brown-West, the college’s former director of facilities and public safety. But like other complaints, it evaporated along with the personnel papers of three of the accused employees.

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