Department of Education completes investigation

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (DOE) has completed its investigation of a complaint alleging that a student at Hanover College faced retaliation from the school for filing a sexual assault claim against another student. After an extensive investigation, the DOE closed the case and stated “the evidence is insufficient to establish that the College subjected Student A to retaliation as alleged.”

As part of its investigation, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requested a number of College records, including information on campus policies and procedures, and interviewed College officials and selected students involved in the case. The College was able to prove that throughout the process, various charges surrounding the allegations had undergone multiple reviews and appeals.

President Sue DeWine stated, “We are pleased that Hanover College’s actions were validated and that these allegations were thoroughly investigated and closed. We will continue our goal of providing a safe and respectful campus community and will continue to protect the rights of each and every student.”