OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte College is on a list of 55 schools and universities being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights for its handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.
But according to Butte College this is only because of one off-campus incident involving two students back in 2012. Butte College says it is on the list only because it is conducting an investigation that has yet to be settled. In a statement, Butte College says it was notified that a complaint had been received and that it promptly responded and cooperated fully with the Department of Education during its investigation.
"Our jurisdiction relative to the student code of conduct stops at the [school's] gate unless it is a Title IX infraction," said Allen Renville, a Butte College vice president and the school's Title IX compliance officer.
Under Title IX schools are required to conduct an investigation when their students are involved in cases involving sexual harassment or worse -- the rationale being that criminal behavior off campus can be carried onto campus.
"We need to make sure that there's no retaliation that carries on from the incident that happened [earlier]," Renville said.
Due to confidentiality laws Butte College can't share specifics of the incident.
The Department of Education for Student Rights says a college or university's presence on the list is no way an indication at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law.