First-year female students at Amherst College are typically the most vulnerable to sexual assaults. The pressure upperclass students can put on their younger counterparts to drink heavily borders on hazing, even exploitation. And many faculty and staff members at the college do not seem to know they must immediately go to their supervisor if a student reports a sexual assault.
These were among the findings by a special oversight committee formed to review school policies and make specific recommendations that would help the college prevent and address sexual misconduct. The report, released last week, comes months after allegations of sexual assault and misogyny hit Amherst College last year, drawing nationwide attention to an elite institution that takes pride in its history of support for women’s rights.