Report: Occidental again underreports sex assaults

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small liberal-arts college in Los Angeles is again coming under fire for claims it failed to report campus sexual assaults.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday (http://lat.ms/18LbwXS ) that it reviewed two confidential federal complaints showing the college failed to disclose 27 sex assaults last year.

Occidental has previously said it hadn't reported two dozen alleged sex assaults in 2010 and 2011 — a possible violation of federal law.

Last spring, students and faculty filed complaints with federal education officials over Occidental's handling of sex cases.

Those complaints prompted two ongoing Department of Education investigations.

Occidental spokesman Jim Tranquada says the college has not seen the complaints.

The Clery Act requires campuses to disclose all reports of serious crime and all violations of Title IX (Nine), the federal anti-discrimination law.